Red Hot Poker

Also known as the Torch Lily Kniphofia is a surprisingly under used plant in perennial gardens.  Native to Africa it is heat and drought tolerant, and planted in clumps it is an eye catching specimen with it’s tall brightly coloured spear like flower heads.  Being nectar rich it’s attracts bees, birds and butterflies and if deadhead regularly will keep shooting up new blooms.

The Red Hot Poker plant can be divided each fall.

Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Rich, well draining
  • Height: 3-5′
  • Width: 1-2′
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer
  • Bloom Colour: Orange, red, yellow
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Rot
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Cut flowers, attracts birds, butterflies and hummingbirds, drought tolerant
  • Zone: 5-9

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