delicate red flowering plant ID?

Asked September 23, 2019, 9:26 AM EDT

I have lived in this house for over 3 years now but am just noticing something that must have been planted -- it's beautiful! And I've probably been pulling it up each spring. Could you identify this plant for me?

Baltimore Maryland plant identification native flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials cardinal flower lobelia

1 Response

That is our native Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis).
They are not long lived but can seed themselves and are a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies.
Here is a page about it: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/cardinal-flower





Christine