Cardinal flower is a summer blooming wildflower that can be seen blooming on moist soils like the banks of Clifty Creek at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Because of the plants bright red flower it is a great hummingbird-attractor. The plant was once used by Native Americans as an ingredient of "love potions." They also used leaf tea for colds, croup, nosebleeds, etc. Today it is thought to be potentially toxic.
On the park look for this plant on the banks of Clifty Creek along the Clifty Creek trail between the bridge and river cane thicket.