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Stunning spikes of scarlet, five-petalled flowers rise up in late summer among beautiful, beetroot-coloured foliage. This gorgeous cardinal flower brings a splash of vibrant colour to the garden just as many perennials are fading.
A wonderful plant for filling gaps left by early-flowering perennials.
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
Protect the crown of the plant during winter with a thick, dry mulch. This plant loves moisture so can also be grown at the edges of a pond, and will tolerate water levels up to 30cm deep if potted up into a basket with aquatic compost.