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cardinal flower

a North American plant, Lobelia cardinalis, with showy red tubular flowers in an elongated cluster.
Also called scarlet lobelia.
Origin of cardinal flower
1620-30, Americanism; so called from its color Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cardinal flower
  • cardinal flower will take two years to bloom, forming a large rosette the first year.
  • Numerous wildflower species are found in swamp habitats, including the cardinal flower and yellow ladyslipper.
  • The numerous wildflowers including the spectacular cardinal flower attract a diversity of butterflies.
  • Among the more striking herbs of this community are cardinal flower, fringed loosestrife, and green dragon.
  • In the fall a colorful display of mistflower, cardinal flower, and blue lobelia grow along the stream edge.
British Dictionary definitions for cardinal flower

cardinal flower

a campanulaceous plant, Lobelia cardinalis of E North America, that has brilliant scarlet, pink, or white flowers
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