Why does the cardinal flower not survive the winter when I plant it, yet pop up in random places in my yard? Supposedly this plant needs water, yet it’s thriving in one of the driest spots in my garden-under a large spruce tree far from my sprinklers. I went from having 3 plants pop up last year to 7 this year! I consider them gifts from God who knows how much I love red flowers! I threw on the bug spray and spent an hour drawing one of them this afternoon.