Have you ever wondered why they call the cardinal flower, cardinal flower? Oh you have not, and neither have I until this morning. Wandering around outside drinking coffee (again), I looked over to the clump of flowers and it struck me that they (whoever they are that decide which names are assigned to which flowers) picked a funny name for that particular flower.
Sure it's red, but there are a zillion other red flowers so it couldn't be that, and it doesn't attract cardinals such as a butterfly bush attracts butterflies, bee balm attracts bees, etc, etc. So what were they thinking?? I decided to take a closer look.
And then a closer look
And finally a really close look
Ah ha!! Problem solved!!