Cardinal Flower – 8/13/20

Observer: Rita Corey

Observation Date: 8/13/20

Observation Time: 3:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Morse St.

Common Name: Cardinal Flower

Scientific Name: Lobelia cardinalis

Comments: Cardinal flowers are typically found near water. These were growing in a dry streambed.

Since most insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers, cardinal flowers depend on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination. Its common name alludes to the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals.

Although relatively common, overpicking this handsome wildflower has resulted in its scarcity in some areas. Please do not dig up wildflowers.

More Information: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center