Gardening Tips & Flowers : How to Grow Cardinal Flower (Lobelia Cardinalis)

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment,we're going to learn all about lobelia, or cardinal flower.

It's a great Native Americanflower.

So, lobelia cardinalis is native to the whole eastern part of The United Statesand North America.

So, it's a wildflower, and when the first pilgrims came and pioneerscame they found it, and saw that it was so beautiful.

It has bright red flowers, andthey grow to be about three feet tall, and they do great in wet, wet conditions.

Theylike zones three through ten, so they're very hardy.

They can grow in the coldest of climates.

And a great part too is after they're done blooming you prune em' back and cut em' tothe ground, and they'll set up a whole nother' set of blooms that you can enjoy for manyyears.

And they're frost hearty, and they like white loam and lots of compost, so theylike sun to part shade, and really wet conditions in the summer, but they don't want a lot ofwater in the winter, so it's a hard spot sometimes to find the perfect location, cause' theycan rot out if they're in a really wet area for the winter, but yet, in the summer theylike sitting in a bog.

And you can start em' by seed or by the root, and they're reallyeasy to grow.

Just put em' in the ground; just cover the roots, or put the seeds outin the spring after the last frost, and they'll come up and bloom the first year.

They'rea gorgeous addition to your garden.

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