Cardinal-flower by a Québec Stream: August 2020

Cardinal-flower is a member of the lobelia family.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

It is a striking plant of stream banks and damp meadows.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal Flower grows 2 – 5 feet in height.

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Here is where the name comes from:

I’ll be exploring the Ottawa area for a few days and these photos come from a stream side near a village north of there on the Québec side:

Carolina Grasshopper
Great Golden Digger Wasp
Great Golden Digger Wasp
Great Golden Digger Wasp
Great Golden Digger Wasp
no loitering

Some botany:

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
Marsh Fern
Water-parsnip (Sium suave)
Water-parsnip (Sium suave)
Spike Rush
Virgin’s-bower (Clematis virginiana)
Butterfly Pea (Clitoria mariana)
Butterfly Pea (Clitoria mariana)
Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)
Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Scouring Rush
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Wild Mint (Mentha canadensis)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens)


The sun went down in beauty,
Peacefully sank to rest,
Leaving its golden reflection
On the great Mississippi’s breast;
Gleaming on the turbulent river,
In the coming gray twilight,
Soothing its restless surging,
And kissing its waters goodnight.           – George Marion McClellan (1860–1934) 

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Cardinal-flower by a Québec Stream: August 2020

  1. Patricia Lund

    Cardinal Flower is one of my favorites and one year I actually planted four of them that I bought at the plant nursery. They were a new plant the nursery was carrying and quite expensive. I planted them in a damp corner where an underground stream from the ravine briefly came to the surface. They looked stunning and I congratulated my good taste and excellent placement. 24 hours later the plants were in tatters and covered in countless numbers of slugs happy I had fed them their apparently favorite food. No plants have ever been devoured in my garden so quickly.
    The origin of the name is interesting.
    Thank you Miles.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Ah, splendid! (I don’t mean the devouring of the flowers mentioned above, though the slugs were happy, as you say, Patricia–I love your rueful good humour!) Thanks for sharing Quebec and Ottawa with us, Miles.
    I’ve always loved the intense red of these flowers, and the other plants and bugs are wonderful, too!


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