Tall spikes of Fiery Red Blooms Top Lush Purple Foliage
• Dramatic Spires of Color in the late Summer Garden
• 10 Weeks of Color
• Much More Tolerant of Different Growing Conditions than the Species
Rich Red Blooms Glow against the Dark Burgundy Foliage!
This impressive new variety makes a much fuller plant than the old favorite, Queen Victoria, producing two to three times the branches, and thus two to three times the flowers! Growing to almost 3 feet tall but only 10-14 inches wide, it makes a dramatic exclamation point in your garden, catching all eyes with its fire engine-red blooms held on strong, upright stems that form a striking column of purple foliage. These blooms keep coming as long as 10 weeks starting in midsummer, just as many perennials start to look a bit tired – perfect timing to keep your yard interesting.
A Favorite of Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Cardinal flowers, with their tubular shape and red coloring, are a traditional Hummingbird magnet, and butterflies come calling, too, for the late summer and fall blooms are perfectly timed to provide energy for fall migration and winter hibernation. Deer and rabbits do not find the plant palatable, but songbirds will feast on the seeds in late fall and winter.
Very Adaptable to Different Growing Conditions
Vulcan Red is a cross between two types of Lobelia, L. cardinalis and L. fulgens, so it has hybrid vigor and it is more adaptable to varying soil types and moisture levels. It adapts nicely to wet feet, but will also grow equally well under average water conditions, though it does like to have supplemental water during a drought. As long as its site is well-drained, this plant doesn’t mind if the soil is rich or rather poor, but it loves to have some compost or humus added to the soil when you plant it.
Plant in ordinary well-drained garden soil. It will do well in full sun if soil is evenly moist; in drier soil, it does better with some shade, especially in the afternoon. Leave the old foliage over the winter and add mulch to protect further the roots, then cut back the old foliage in spring to clear the way for new growth.