Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

6 08 2010

Lobelia cardinalis is a perennial herbaceous plant is often found in wet places such as stream banks and swamps. This Virginia native wildflower blooms in August and is pollinated by hummingbirds. Photographed at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia

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6 08 2010
giiid

Like very much 🙂 the colour contrast.

6 08 2010
Mary Ellen Ryall

My favorite mystical flower is the Cardinal Flower. I have had many happy encounters with it growing in Southern Maryland in Calveryt County back in the late 90s. Yesterday I received a letter from an author friend who stated that all our old haunts where the Cardinal grew wild have now been developed to the loss of the beautiful Cardinal Flower.
I still remember it growing beside my deck. There were underground springs there. Did you know that this plant can stay submerged in the earth for 100 years and will wait for just the right conditions before it graces those most fortunate to see her.

Thank you for this most beautiful photo.

6 08 2010
cindydyer

Thanks, Birgitte! It kind of reminded me of Christmas colors!

6 08 2010
cindydyer

You’re welcome, Mary Ellen. Hey—I saw three Monarch butterflies at Green Spring Gardens this afternoon. This is the first time I’ve seen them this summer!

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