cardinal flower

noun
a North American plant, Lobelia cardinalis, with showy red tubular flowers in an elongated cluster.
Also called scarlet lobelia.


Origin:
1620–30, Americanism; so called from its color

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

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Example sentences
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.
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