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Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis


The gorgeous red flowers of this native wildflower attract people as well as pollinators. Unfortunately, over-picking has made it somewhat scarce in some areas. Its nectar attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, the latter of which it depends upon for pollination due to the deep tubular shape.


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: MB , NB , ON , QC , SK Native Distribution: S. N.B. to Ont. & s.e. MN, s. to FL, TX & s. CA; plants of the western U.S. belong to ssp. Graminea Native Habitat: Ditches, Ravines, Depressions, Woodlands edge, Opening, Stream banks, Roadsides, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Near lakes or ponds, Swamps


Spotted in the Cohutta Wilderness Area

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Aug 30, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014

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