The brilliant scarlet-colored flower of this North
American species was considered the finest red in
nature upon its introduction to Europe in 1629.
Cardinal Flowers grow in moist woodland areas
of Monticello, although the seed Thomas Jefferson
sowed in a Monticello oval flower bed in 1807
was probably obtained from Bernard McMahon in
Philadelphia. Cardinal Flowers thrive in very moist,
partially-shaded sites but are also satisfactory in full
sun if the soil is not too dry. Though a short-lived
perennial, Cardinal Flower will persist in the garden
if allowed to re-seed each year. Plants grow 3-4' high
and flower from mid to late summer. Sow seeds on
the surface of pots or seed flats, and then transplant
seedlings two-feet apart during the growing season.
USDA Zones 3–9.
Approximately 100-150 seeds per pack. zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9