Cardinal Flower or South American Devil's Tobaccois a broad genus with numerous annual to herbaceous perennial species. Several species have ornamental, bright colored flowers. All Lobelia species are easily cultivated in any rich, well drained soil in a preferably sunny spot. They are very robust and adopt very well to various soil types. Perennial high altitude species from Chile in South America are reasonably winter hardy in Central Europe with some extra winter protection (i.e. a dry mulch layer).
Sow the dust like seeds on top of any humus-rich, well drained, slightly moist soil. Keep pots in a sunny, protected spot outside. Several species require a cooling period of several months prior to germination. If these species are sowed late in the year, they do not germinate before spring in the following year. Carefully transplant perennial species to the final spot in the garden as soon as seedlings are strong enough.
All are USDA Climate Zone 6.
50 seeds per package.