The Cardinal Flower usually is solitary, and blooms in a high stemmed, several flower group. It gets it's name from the Roman Catholic Cardinals bright red vestments and high silk hat. For me it marks mid summer and the count down to winter begins. The Cardinal Flower has a most unusual pollination process. It can only be pollinated by the humming bird.
While fishing near one I watch and wait for a humming bird to come to the flower. The humming bird arrives with a hum that sounds like the worlds largest bee, hum-m-m-m...yet it is the worlds smallest bird! The symbiotic relationship between the Cardinal flower and the humming bird is very interesting. The Ruby Throated Humming Bird shares the Cardinal flowers colors of red and green. They are a perfect match in every way.
So if the colorful trout are not hitting your fly, change your mental channel to watch the world of the Cardinal Flower.
Photos; JER , Cardinal Flower: National Geographic, Humming Bird