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Cardinal flower, Mexican lobelia
Lobelia fulgens ‘Queen Victoria’ (Cardinal flower). This variety will produce spike of blood red flowers on branching stems that will appear from late summer to mid-autumn on this rather clump-forming perennial. The foliage is a deep purple-red and will grows to 1m high and 30cm wide.
These frost-hardy to somewhat frost-tender plants are best grown in well-drained, moist, light loam enriched with animal manure or compost. Most grow in sun or part-shade but resent wet conditions in winter. Prune after the first flush of flowers to encourage repeat flowering, and fertilize weekly with a liquid manure during the season. Propagate annuals from seed in spring, perennial species from seed or by division in spring or autumn and perennial cultivars by division only. Transplant from late autumn until early spring.
Grown for their flowers. Some are suitable for wild gardens or by the waterside. Suitable for coastal conditions.
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