Lobelia cardinalis ‘Black Truffle’ PPAF

Looks like a perennial coleus for the garden.


Common Name Black Truffle cardinal flower
Size 3-4' tall by 2-3' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 3-8
Sun / Shade Full sun
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture Average to moist
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Borders, rain gardens, hummingbird gardens, foundations, naturalistic plantings, mass
Market appeal / Uniqueness 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.
Propagation Methods Vegetative cuttings
Date of Introduction 2013
Bloom Time August-September

Angela’s Garden Notes:

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 it’s 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.

Buy Black Truffle here!

This plant will be offered through the American Beauties Native Plants Program for 2014.