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Kniphofia uvaria

Red Hot Poker

Torch Lily
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Kniphofia uvaria
Principal Common Name Red Hot Poker
Common Name(s) Torch Lily
Description Red-hot poker is an upright, clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial. From an 18-24" high basal tuft of coarse, sword-shaped, bluish-green, linear leaves arises, in late spring, a succession of thick, naked flower scapes with dense, terminal racemes of drooping, tubular flowers. Buds and emerging flowers are red, but mature to greenish-yellow. Each raceme acquires a two-toned appearance since the lower flowers open first and show yellow while the upper buds and emerging flowers show bright red.
General Comments
Nativity South Africa
Height Range 3 - 4 FT
Spread Range 2 - 3 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Medium Green
Leaf Texture Blade-like
Form Bulb
Flower Color
Flower Time May : June
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Moist : Rich : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Attracts Birds : Color

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