The bright blooms of Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) provide splashes of color along the banks of lakes and other wetlands throughout the east and south. The plants grow up to 4 ft (1.2 m) tall, producing racemes of flowers at the top. The red flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, the plant’s primary polinator. Members of the genus Lobelia bear some chemical similarity to tobacco, and can be just as dangerous when consumed, though have been historically used in moderation for some medicinal treatments.
Photo by Jason Means on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)

The bright blooms of Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) provide splashes of color along the banks of lakes and other wetlands throughout the east and south. The plants grow up to 4 ft (1.2 m) tall, producing racemes of flowers at the top. The red flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, the plant’s primary polinator. Members of the genus Lobelia bear some chemical similarity to tobacco, and can be just as dangerous when consumed, though have been historically used in moderation for some medicinal treatments.

Photo by Jason Means on Flickr

(via: Peterson Field Guides)

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