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 Fifty varieties of plants are available for purchase, including four milkweed varieties, several grasses, native purple coneflower, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, meadow blazing star, New England aster, prairie smoke, wild columbine and wild lupine. Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2024 Notable blooms include the spring ephemerals — trillium, lady slipper orchids, crested dwarf iris, columbine, bleeding heart, and violets, to name a few — and the summer arrival of red cardinal flowers, purple-fringed orchids, and black-eyed Susans. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 5 Mar. 2024 Some of the best plants for attracting and feeding hummingbirds are bee balm, salvia, coralbells, columbine, cardinal flower, coral honeysuckle, trumpet vine, and Indian pink. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2023 During the summer, cardinal flower, composites and other wildflowers give the river a colorful look. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2022 For example, the Rain Garden mix will include such species as blue flag iris, purple coneflower, cardinal flower and New England astor. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 Ruby-throated hummingbirds usually feed on the nectar of red or orange tubular flowers such as trumpet creeper, cardinal flower, honeysuckle, bee-balm, and jewelweed, according to the Cornell website., 17 June 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

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 20 May. 2024.

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cardinal flower

: a North American plant that bears brilliant red flowers

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