Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


853

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on streambanks, riverbanks, marshes, swamp forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal usually withered by flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Red
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla
5 stamens, completely united
Flowers in a terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lobelia cardinalis   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia cardinalis   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 178-06-001:
Lobelia cardinalis   FAMILY Campanulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Cardinal Flower