Human development of native wetland habitats has created significant challenges for Lobelia cardinalis and it has been further imperiled by the over-harvesting of its flowers. It is listed as salvage restricted, threatened, regulated, or critically imperiled in multiple U.S. states.
This plant is pollinator and bird friendly and provides nectar for hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies. It is also a beautiful plant to enjoy in the garden.
Mix seeds with a tablespoon of fine sand for even distribution. Strew on soil in pots and press firmly. Do not cover with more soil. Keep moist.
Once they are established, transplant 12" apart in the garden, meadow, pond edges, or along waterways where the soil is always moist.
Does well in areas that experience brief flooding. Provide thick mulch of organic compost to retain constant soil moisture and protect against winter cold.
Lobelia cardinalis is easily grown in rich soil in zones 3-9. This wetland perennial requires constantly-moist soil and prefers partial shade.
Approximately 100 seeds per pack.
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COMMUNITY SEED MAP
We've created this community map for seed stewards to add individual pins, showcasing which seeds have been planted and where. We hope to fill the map with pins, as we rebuild the populations of these special plants. Explore the map below, and click on any pin to see details and user-added photos. Want to add your own pin? Add your free seed packet to any regular order, then scan the QR code once you receive your seeds.