Common Name: Cardinal Flower
A few years ago, when I was in Go Native garden club, I had sold a few of these plants to a good friend. She let me know that not only had Cardinal Flower done well on her woodsy property, the plants had made themselves at home and spread profusely! Cardinal Flower thrives in moist soil, sun to shade, but moisture should be provided if the plant is in full sun.
My friend and her husband gave me 7 Cardinal Flowers and they are doing fine in a full sun part of my yard. If I happen to be walking by with the hose, I water them. We are still watching for hummingbirds which enjoy this plant as a nectar source. If our Cardinal Flower start to spread, I will share them with more friends!
Information from Missouri Botanical Garden:
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