LOBELIA CARDINALIS, Cardinal Plant, potted form


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Lobelia cardinalis also known to many as Cardinal plant is fairly easy to grow. Lighting should be at least moderate. CO2 injection is not necessary but highly recommended for vigorous growth.

This unusual stem plant grows upward at a moderate pace, producing side shoots at a rate that highly depends on growing conditions. Pruning should be done by topping and replanting the tops. If a street of this plant is desired, the tops should be cut at progressively shorter intervals.

L. cardinalis has long been used in Dutch planted aquariums.

Hardiness: Easy
Light Needs: Medium
Plant Structure: Stem
Family: Lobeliaceae
Genus: Lobelia
Region: North America
Location: Temperate and Subtropical North America
Growth Rate: Medium

You are buying one potted plant. Potted plants are much better to start with as they have their entire root system intact and makes it much better when transplanting.

Planting Instructions

Potted plants are started in rock wool. To plant remove as much rock wool as possible. Most of the rock wool will pull off. If you have any left and want it off shake the plants in water gently by holding it by the stems and leaves. Leaving some rock wool will help anchor the plant in your substrate.

To separate the plant into individual plants grab the stems right above the root and pull gently. The roots should separate if they don’t stop pulling and try other stems. Swirling this plant in water will help each plant separate easier.

Plant only plant the root in your substrate, not any of the plant itself or this can cause melting or shock, for more information on planting and care for your plants, please go here



VERY colorful, fast growing plant!
I am a beginner to this hobby and getting plants that are easy to care for is a must for me. Even in my medium to low light tank, this plant was already putting out new leaves by the second day!!! And I love the wonderful purple undersides of the leaves! Thank you so much PAC!

Additional information

Weight 0.55 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 8 × 7 in


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