All Chapter members are eligible to attend any GNPS plant rescue.
To learn about currently scheduled GNPS rescues, please visit the Plant Rescue page on the GNPS website. This page is usually updated with the next month's rescues around the 24th of each month, but pop-ups can be added at any time.
If you are interested in the rescue program, please make sure that you are on the GNPS rescue mailing list, so you will receive a mailing when the Rescue Schedule page is updated. This is not our chapter mailing list.
You can help us find new rescue locations. There is now an online Potential Rescue Site Information Form that can be filled out to start the process. If you see a property that is going to be developed, please take the time to gather all the information you can and submit it on the form.
To help identify plants you find, or just to see how native plants look this month, visit Mike Strickland's personal homepage - A Monthly Guide to Georgia Native Plants.
Cardinal Flower, taken on October 5, 2005.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland
Lobelia cardinalis can do well in the home landscape.
With its bright cardinal-red blooms, the Lobelia cardinalis, or Cardinal Flower, is prized in the home landscape. An impressive 2-6 feet tall, the plant has a rosette of basal leaves both before and after flowering, but these disappear during the flowering season which is four weeks during July through October. An eight inch spike of flowers grows on towering stalks. The tubular flowers have three lower lips which are noticeably longer than the two upper lips. Most insects find it difficult to reach the nectar in the long tubular flowers, so the plant depends on butterflies and hummingbirds for pollination. The plants will grow in full sun to partial shade, but are partial to morning sun. They prefer moist to wet conditions such as swamps, flood plain forests, bogs, meadows and on stream and river banks. The more sun they receive, the more water they need. The Cardinal Flower forms capsules filled with dust-sized brown seeds which must have a three month cold period to germinate.
While there are no serious disease or insect problems, the basal leaves require sunlight for photosynthesis during the winter, so remove all mulch.
Whether in your bog garden, your pollinator garden, containers, or along the stream banks, this plant is great for the home landscape. However, due to overpicking of the beautiful flowers, it is becoming scarce in some areas in the wild, so it is best purchased form a reputable dealer.
Common uses for this plant include: rain gardens or naturalized areas. Useful for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.