Lobelia cardinalis var. cardinalis  
Family: Campanulaceae
cardinal-flower
Lobelia cardinalis var. cardinalis image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Lobelia: after Matthias de l'Obel (1538-1616), a Flemish botanist; also written as Matthias von Lobel
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb, usually unbranched
Leaves: thin, lance-like to oblong, toothed; lower leaves on a short stalk, upper leaves stalkless
Flowers: red, 5-parted, 1 1/2" long, irregularly-shaped, top lip 2-parted, lower lip 3-parted; inflorescence a 4"-16" spike-like cluster (raceme) with flowers on hairy stalks; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: full to partial sun; moist to wet; meadows, woods, streambanks; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Lobelia cardinalis var. cardinalis image
Derek Anderson  
Lobelia cardinalis var. cardinalis image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Lobelia cardinalis var. cardinalis image
Derek Anderson  
Lobelia cardinalis var. cardinalis image
Emmet J. Judziewicz