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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 12-15 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Jan 10, 2012 6:04 PM

Prefers consistent soil moisture. Grows well at water's edge or in bog gardens. Suggested locations include a lightly shaded garden or at water's edge, planted with hosta, daylily, and spiderwort.

Beautiful rich burgundy foliage and brilliant scarlet blooms.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 24, 2014 6:22 AM

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia) 'Queen Victoria' is a dark-leaved cultivar of the parent plant. Like its parent plant, 'Queen Victoria' prefers moist soil, but seems to appreciate more sun than the straight species. It may flop in too much shade. 'Queen Victoria' blooms scarlet red in late summer and is attractive to hummingbirds, especially when massed.

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