Lobelia laxiflora

Mexican Cardinal Flower
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Plant Type

Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

2-3′ x 3-6′

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Water

Low water

Flower Color

Red-Orange

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer

Special Features

Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Spreading

Sunset Garden Zones

7-9, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

9A-11

Lobelia laxiflora produces branches with narrow green leaves and red stems that spread outward.  A single plant can form a dense groundcover up to 18 inches tall and by many feet wide.  At the tip of each stem are 2 inch long bi-colored flowers with yellow color on the inside and red on the outside.  In parts of California this plant is nearly always in bloom.  It is usually planted in full sun but tolerates light shade.  Lobelia laxiflora will tolerate light watering but grows well in moist soils where it can be somewhat invasive.

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