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 The entrance to the house is defined by an arched tunnel supporting kiwi vines, cardinal flowers and a hardy passionflower. Washington Post, "Lawns are in retreat. Is suburbia ready for the frontward veggie garden?," 11 Sep. 2019 Of special note are the red-blooming, spiky cardinal flowers., "Go wild on a South Florida native-garden tour on Sunday," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cardinal flower

1698, in the meaning defined above

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“Cardinal flower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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