Go Back Lobelia Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower

Lobelia fulgens 'Queen Victoria'
Butterfly IconDeer Resistant IconRock Garden IconHummingbird Icon

Plant Type: Perennials

The most popular cardinal flower available! 'Queen Victoria' differs from the species in its vigor, tremendous flower output, and leaf color. Brilliant red flower spikes stand tall above the reddish-bronze foliage from late summer through fall. Lobelia is an excellent border plant for moist locations and is a hummingbird magnet. It also attracts butterflies and swallowtails.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

The perfect plant for damp locations such as near ponds or low-lying areas, Lobelia will easily adapt to 'wet feet' but can also tolerate well-drained soils. If enough moisture is available, it will thrive in the sun. In drier soils, it should be planted in part shade. Deadheading spent blooms will improve the overall appearance of the plant and may promote reblooming. It's a good idea to cut this plant back in the spring instead of the fall, since the foliage will help protect the root zone in the winter. Mulch is also recommended.

Flower Color

Brilliant red

Foliage Color

Reddish-bronze

Plant Spread

18-24 in.

Good Companions

Astilbe-Japanese (Astilbe ), Bee Balm (Monarda ), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Grass-Ornamental (Acorus gramineus), Hosta (Hosta ), Montbretia (Crocosmia ), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus )

Plant Height

3-5 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

5-9

Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Bog plant, Mass plant, Border, Cut flower or foliage

Bloom Time

Summer

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests