Cardinal Flower Wildflower - Lobelia cardinalis by MotherNature


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Cardinal Flower Wildflower - Lobelia cardinalis by 

These are beautiful, showy, bright red wildflowers that adore having wet feet. They need a lot of moisture to survive, and these plants, for example, are growing right at the edge of a brook.

Cardinal flowers bloom in August, sometimes lasting into September, and because of the shape of the flowers they depend upon hummingbirds for pollination. Insects find it difficult to get inside the blossoms, but I do hear that butterflies can negotiate them.

Here’s to the blessings that fill our lives.

Over-picking makes these plants scare in some areas, and I would ask people to enjoy them where they grow. This picture was taken July 31, 2013 in Tylersport, Pennsylvania, USA

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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • vigor
    vigorabout 1 year ago

    These are so ornamental. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen these or not. I’m thinking not. Gorgeous shot and great info!!! Thanks for adding to Just For You!

  • In spite of their brilliant red, you could easily miss them if they’re in a ditch or in the growth beside a stream. We stopped a couple guys from digging these up – a sure death sentence – and since they are in an area of preserved open space, digging and picking is illegal. If we hadn’t been driving by just at that moment, these would be gone, and I might add, DEAD! I wish people would buy their wildflowers from the internet or reliable nurseries.

    – MotherNature

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 1 year ago

    I like the splashes of red and your completely natural capture that shows the way these flowers grow in nature. I’ve seen Lobelia cardinalis growing in pots but not like this (I live in a city and not near any creeks).

  • Thanks, Celeste:>). I slipped on my cement boots and waded into the creek next to a culvert to photograph them. The water was too deep for me to get as close as I would have liked, but hey – beggars can’t be choosers! They are incredibly beautiful when seen close up:>)

    – MotherNature

  • vigor
    vigorabout 1 year ago

    There is a reason they are protected and not allowed to be dug up. I have dug up red Trilliums and Jack in the Pulpits before and also some other wild flowers but they did always come back. For these, I’m glad you stopped those guys from destroying them.

  • PineSinger
    PineSingerabout 1 year ago

    I love these wildflowers. Did not see one this year! Beautiful find!

  • I wish you many next year:>) I was discouraged because where they used to grow I found only a couple scraggly, sad looking plants. Then, by glorious chance, I noticed a flash of red as I drove over an overflow creek from the pond. Happy doesn’t even describe it! Thank you for making this a favorite, and thanks for the nice comment!

    – MotherNature

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful work

  • Thank you so much for coming by and commenting, Joy!

    – MotherNature

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful flower and capture!

  • High praise from you, painting sheep:>) Many thanks!

    – MotherNature

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful find and capture!

  • Thanks for coming by and commenting! These are thriving – probably because they are out of reach of those wanting to pick them or dig them up. It pays to be “hard to get” sometimes:>)

    – MotherNature

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