Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Comments: "Flowering: July-September... Habitat: Damp sites, especially along streams... One of our handsomest deep red wildflowers, this species is pollinated chiefly by hummingbirds, since most insects find it difficult to navigate the long, tubular flowers. Although the plant is relatively common, overpicking has resulted in its scarcity in some areas. The common name Cardinal Flower may allude to the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic Cardinals or possibly to the bright red bird of that name." (NAS Field Guide to Wildflowers). Also known as Scarlet Lobelia. Photo taken in Caroline Co., Maryland (8/21/2005).


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