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Dunn's Woods Restoration and Education Project
Photo of Cardinal Flower

Illinois Wildflowers -





Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Native perennial of low areas in rich prairies, open canopies of floodplains, swampy meadows, and ditches

Partial to full sun and rich, moist to wet soil (plant in low, wet areas)

Blooms red, July - October

Grows 2 - 3.5 ft.

Faunal Associations:

    • Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
    • Black and Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies
    • Larger bumblebees

Fun Fact: Red flowers are unusual in wildflowers; they are especially attractive to hummingbirds

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