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Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle'

Black Truffle Cardinal Flower

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Black Truffle Cardinal Flower is an upright native herbaceous perennial with glossy near black foliage that fades to dark maroon and green when the flowers emerge.  Erect stalks of vibrant cardinal red tubular flowers bloom late in summer.  Prefers afternoon shade and moist to wet well-drained soil.   Foliage is highly toxic if ingested.

Lobelia cardinalis acts a sa native host for several species of butterflies, and the nectar as a food source for hummingbirds and Swallowtail Butterflies.  

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

3' - 4'

Spread: 

2’ - 3'

Spacing: 

2'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest: 

SummerFall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance.  Water Regularly, do not let soils dry out.  Mulch in cold winters to prevent root upheaval.  Watch for snails and slugs.  
LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWater GardensPonds and Streams, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  BonsetSneezeweed, Swamp Milkweed


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