Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'
Bronze leaf cardinal flower
Need a bit of bling? TOWIE in plant form? Then 'Queen Vic' is your gal.
Named for the monarch rather than the pub this plant could easily win a Drag Race.
Ravishingly erect dark and sturdy stems, burnished burgundy bronze slender leaves, dripping scarlet spangles of velvety seductiveness. This is a beauty queen and a half. If it were Joan Collins it would have shoulder pads as wide as the Mile End Road. Grow in bog gardens, shallow water and rich fertile damp soil.
No need for prominence - you can spot this a mile off.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Poorly-drained, moist, boggy
Full sun, partial shade