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Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes' (Cardinal flower)

Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes' PP21958

Cardinal flower

Plant in spring or fall for adequate soil moisture to hasten root establishment
No known pests or diseases
Grows 3-6 inches per week well into summer
Sporting colorings similar to Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'
Blooms in late July for 8 to 12 weeks

Selected by a local Pennsylvania nursery from a batch of seed grown Lobelia cardinalis, the vigor of 'Fried Green Tomatoes' is sure to amaze growers and gardeners alike. Quick to establish, dozens of brilliant red blooming stems appear in late June attracting wildlife to the garden. As days turn warmer, upper foliage transitions to a deep olive tone while foliage underside remains maroon. Extremely winter hardy, Lobelia cardinalis 'Friend Green Tomatoes' prefers full sun and performs quite well in average to wet soil moisture. Great when used in mass plantings, along the middle of the border, pond edges and rain gardens.

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Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes' PP21958 - 50 per flat $44.50
Additional royalty fee per flat $12.50
Total price per flat $57.00
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Height

30-36 Inches

Spread

24-30 Inches

Bloom Color

Red

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Cardinal flower Interesting Notes

As the season progresses and the days grow hotter, the leaves remain maroon on the underside, but the tops turn dusky olive green with maroon highlights. 25 to 30 blooming stems will appear on newly planted plants. Other lobelias, especially red leaved selections take much longer to establish and are not nearly as vigorous. Fried Green Tomatoes has successfully over wintered in cold, wet winters in Maryland, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Fast
Fast
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Container
Container

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Native to US
Mass Planting
Moist Sun
Stream Edge
Meadow
Detention Basin
Bog