Common name: Scarlet lobelia, cardinal flower Origin: North America
This plant is available in two distinctly different forms. The aquatic form featured here has short, thick stems with thick fleshy leaves that are often a deep scarlet-red on the underside. Color variations range from a light green on both leaf sides to a dark purple underside and dark green upper leaf. The plant is hardy and undemanding and able to tolerate a wide range of aquarium conditions. Due to its slow-growing nature, it requires little care. In its terrestrial form, the plant produces numerous purple-red flowers on stalks up to 36 in (90 cm) high. It is often sold as a marginal plant for ponds.
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