Fan Scarlet Cardinal Flower
Lobelia x speciosa 'Fan Scarlet'
Lobelia x speciosa 'Fan Scarlet' flowers
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Height: 28 inches
Spacing: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4b
This beautiful variety has vivid scarlet flower spikes that rise on deep red stems above medium green foliage with reddish variegation; excellent in the garden or containers; maintains great form and is an excellent border planting
Fan Scarlet Cardinal Flower features showy spikes of scarlet tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated pointy leaves remain green in color with showy brick red variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Fan Scarlet Cardinal Flower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Fan Scarlet Cardinal Flower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Fan Scarlet Cardinal Flower will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.