A red wildflower to go with a red house:
These native wildflowers grow naturally near ponds and stream beds - they like moisture. Down here in the South, they also appreciate some shade, though they can take more sun farther north.
This flower grows from 2 to 4 feet tall, and the blooms last quite a long time, slowly unfurling their plume of many scarlet-colored, tubular flowers.
They usually just have one long terminal spike at the end, but I seem to also have an odd branching one.
Another beautiful thing about Cardinal flowers - they are pollinated by and attract hummingbirds.
|peering through my window at a Hummingbird and Cardinal Flower|
|Hummingbird and Monarda|
I do think that the Cardinal flower wins in the looks department, though!