Lobelia cardinalis common name Cardinal Flower
Went up to Manistee for the weekend with a few friends. We took the boat out and every so often we would see these brilliant red flowers along the banks of the river. Named cardinal flower after the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals.
Pollinated primarily by humming birds found throughout mid and eastern United States and Canada. Grows 1-3 feet tall. Leaves are alternate, lanceolate, and toothed.
Info pulled from The Audubon Society Field guide to North American Wildflowers