Wildflower Wednesday: Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is still blooming as we move through September so it is this month's Wildflower Wednesday featured native plant. It has been raining for days here so it has been a challenge to get photos for this post but running out between showers allowed me to snap a few.
|In addition to the many plants that support hummers we also put up feeders during this busy time so that the hummingbirds can fuel up and not spend all their energy fighting over food sources|
Ruby throated hummingbirds are at their peak numbers in September. The RTH that spent their summer north of us join those that stay in Georgia during their breeding season. It is not unusual for us to have 40-60 hummingbirds zooming around our property at this time.
|Hummbingbirds are particularly attracted to red tubular flowers making cardinal flower a favorite|
|See my post on Partridge Pea the host plant for the cloudless sulphur|
The spikes that flowered back in July and were pollinated have set seed. In each pod there are many tiny seeds. I have already collected some to share with friends, while others I will let self sow so that we have an even lusher planting next year.
|collect seeds to sow next year or share with friends|
The spikes can grow quite tall and often flop over and probably should be staked. In this garden bed we have several natives that have volunteered here and grow well with the Lobelia cardinalis including elephant's foot (Elephantopus tomentosus) and columbine as well as two annual natives that many would consider weeds but I love, fleabane daisy (Erigeron) and smartweed (Polygonum).
|Heavy rains and the dog walking in the flower beds have resulted in a few toppled spikes|
|Lpbelia cardinalis flowers with fleabane daisy hanging over the garden bed border|