Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis


Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis


Lobelia cardinalis. Cardinal Flower; Highbelia; Queen of the Meadow;Slinkweed; Hog Physic.

All in the Family: Bellflower (Campanulaceae) 87 genera; 1950 species.

Common names in Mexico: Acaxóchitl, Cardana de lagua, Lobelia, Sangre de Cristo. Pastorcillo, Diente de Drudio; pipilosuchilo; zarcilla; Cardenal de la laguna, cardenal de maceta y lobelia; pipilosuchil; zarcillo; diente de chucho; chilpanxochitl.

In addition to Lobelia cardinalis growing in the monarch overwintering reserves, there are also Lobelia gruina; L. laxiflora; L. nana and L. plebeia.

Named for Dr. Mathias de Lobel (1538-1616), a Flemish botanist and physician to King James I – yes, of the King James Bible fame.

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