Cardinal flower is a native perennial plant with small, red, tubular flowers that bloom in late summer.
The cardinal flower has small, red, tubular flowers with two lips and three lobes. The flowers bloom in July to September on alternate sides along unbranched stalks. Finely toothed, lance-shaped leaves grow to 4 inches in length. The cardinal flower plant grows 2 to 4 feet tall.
This plant is found in moist areas such as seeps, wooded swamps, freshwater marshes, and along the banks of ponds, rivers and streams. It grows in full or partial sun.
Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The cardinal flower reseeds itself each year. It can be propagated by seed or cutting.