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cardinal flower

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noun
  1. a North American plant, Lobelia cardinalis, with showy red tubular flowers in an elongated cluster.

Origin of cardinal flower

An Americanism dating back to 1620–30; so called from its color
Also called scarlet lobelia.
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Historical Examples

  • But when vivid color is wanted, what can surpass or equal our cardinal-flower?

    Riverby

    John Burroughs

  • It was a likely place for the cardinal-flower, but I could not find any.

    Riverby

    John Burroughs

  • Shall we measure all the out-of-doors by the linnet's song, the cardinal-flower's flame, and the hay-field's odor?

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • The Western cardinal-flower quite closely resembles L. cardinalis of the East, differing from it in a few minor points only.

  • Farther north, the cardinal-flower seems to fail, and the monarda takes its place, growing in similar localities.

    Riverby

    John Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for cardinal flower

cardinal flower

noun
  1. a campanulaceous plant, Lobelia cardinalis of E North America, that has brilliant scarlet, pink, or white flowers
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