Lobelia (Cardinal Flower) Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Cardinal Flower Pollinator Benefits

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) might be the answer, though it doesn’t work for every location. 

Cardinal Flower Care and Growing Tips

Cardinal flower is native to the eastern United States, where it grows in wet woodlands. The flower spikes can reach 4 feet tall. It will re-bloom throughout the summer, especially when spent spikes are trimmed back to encourage new growth. 

Is Cardinal Flower a Perennial?

Cardinal flower is a short-lived perennial in the bellflower family. It spreads by basal rosettes at the base of the plant, which can be divided every few years, and also by seed.

Great Blue Lobelia

The two are very eye-catching when planted together. 

Purple-crowned Fairy

Great blue lobelia prefers a bit more sun but still requires moist soil. 

White-crested Coquette

If you’re looking to attract hummingbirds, though, red cardinal flower is your best bet.