cardinal flower


Definition of cardinal flower

: a North American lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis) that bears a spike of brilliant red flowers

Examples of cardinal flower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lovers of native flowers may already be familiar with some of the selections, including various trillium species, Virginia bluebell, wild ginger, cardinal flower, lobelia, bloodroot, blue and black cohosh, blazing star and Allegheny spurge. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2021 Nearly 1,600 plants, including swamp milkweed, cardinal flower and broadleaf arrowhead, are on the mats. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 5 Sep. 2020 The entrance to the house is defined by an arched tunnel supporting kiwi vines, cardinal flowers and a hardy passionflower. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2019 Of special note are the red-blooming, spiky cardinal flowers., 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cardinal flower

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cardinal flower was in 1698

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“Cardinal flower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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