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Looks like a perennial coleus for the garden.

Lobelia cardinalis Black Truffle

Ever dream of a perennial coleus? We have your answer. Black Truffle is a truly native, hummingbird magnet with nearly black new foliage that fades to a deep, iridescent maroon as the plant matures. A healthy, bushy, upright selection with bright cardinal red flowers.

Never, has a true, native cardinal flower been available with such deep, dark foliage and bright red flowers.  The combination is stunning! We are happy to be working with native plantsman, extraordinaire, Peter Heus from West Virginia on this exciting new introduction.  Black Truffle was selected for its nearly black foliage and bushy, upright habit.  It's a hummingbird magnet and so much more.  If you've ever dreamed of a perennial coleus - this plants is your dream come true. The foliage emerges nearly black with an oil-slick looking sheen to it.  As the summer months go on and the heat turns up, the foliage turns shiny maroon and stays that way until the cardinal red flowers appear.  The foliage lasts from May to a hard frost and will give you months of enjoyment as the hummingbirds and butterflies frequent it often.

Please note: We don't sell plants. Asking your local retailer or googling the plant name is the easiest way to find someone selling our plants.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Black Truffle cardinal flower
  • Botanical Name

    Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle' PP25687
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Bloom Time

  • Bloom Color


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    3-4' tall by 2-3' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Average to moist
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, rain gardens, hummingbird gardens, foundations, naturalistic plantings, mass plantings
  • Propagation

    Tissue Culture, URC

Available Photos

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