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Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria' will be available to ship on Mar 19, 2019.  Just in time for your early spring planting
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Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'

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(Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower) Calling all butterfly and hummingbird lovers in areas with chilly winters: This one's for you. Lobelias are well known for attracting pollinators. This one is extremely cold tolerant and even does well in the Rocky Mountain West.

Price: $11.50
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Best of Class
Best of Class
We believe this to be the best red tall Lobelia.
Common name
This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
4 - 10
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
12"/24"/36"
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Rich
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average to ample
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2" deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant?
Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
Yes
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(Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower) Calling all butterfly and hummingbird lovers in areas with chilly winters: This one's for you. Lobelias are well known for attracting pollinators. This one is extremely cold tolerant and even does well in the Rocky Mountain West.

Although information about its parentage isn't definite, Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower most likely is a cross between the Mexican Lobelia fulgens and its northern relative Lobelia cardinalis.

Similar to other Lobelias, Queen Victoria has tall flower spikes and blossoms with corollas that flare like poinsettia bracts. The crimson flowers light up deep, burgundy foliage that forms a short, compact mound when not blooming.

This plant is easy to cultivate, grows rapidly and tolerates heat. It prefers rich soil and is an excellent choice for a location with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Despite growing well with average watering, Queen Victoria is a water lover that is a good solution for damp parts of the yard, such as near downspouts or in rain gardens. It's also a lovely container plant.

The genus name Lobelia honors Flemish botanist Matthias de L'Obel (1538-1616) whose work focused on medicinal plants. L'Obel served as physician to Britain's King James I.

More than 400 species of Lobelia grow worldwide. Despite its very British name, Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower is native to North America.