cardinal flower


noun

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

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Also called scarlet lobelia.

Origin of cardinal flower

An Americanism dating back to 1620–30; so called from its color
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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal flower

cardinal flower

noun

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