|Cardinalflower bloom and leaves. Photos by Craig Mazer.|
This stunning species typically flowers in summer through early winter, and dies back to a basal rosette in late winter, but has been known to bloom year-round in some areas. These photos were taken on January 25, 2015 along Silver River, where cardinalflower has continued to bloom since last summer.
|A stand of cardinalflowers blooming along Silver River.|
Photo by Lars Andersen.
The common name cardinalflower has been in use since the mid-1600s and is likely derived from the flower's similarity to the robes worn by Catholic cardinals.
Family: Campanulaceae (Bellflower family)Hardiness: Zones 7–10
Native range: Panhandle, North and central peninsula
Soil: Prefers rich, acidic, poorly drained soils
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Growth habit: 2–5 feet tall
Garden tips: Cardinalflower is great for moist wildflower gardens, water gardens, and along edges of ponds, streams and drainage depressions.
Caution: All parts of this plant are believed to be toxic if ingested.
Cardinalflower is often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants.Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a native nursery on your area.
To see where cardinalflower occurs naturally, visit www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3462.