Red hot poker

Kniphofia 'Little Maid'

Red hot poker - Kniphofia  'Little Maid'

Common Name: Red hot poker
Genus: Kniphofia
Cultivar: 'Little Maid'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Bright and imposing kniphofias lend height, vibrancy and drama to any garden. 'Little Maid' produces slender spikes of pale yellow tubular flowers fading to ivory above clumps of evergreen strap-like leaves from August to September. Originally from South Africa the elegant torch-like flowers of kniphofia make vertical accents in a sunny border and look particularly good as part of a scheme based on 'hot' colours. They also look great against a background of ornamental grasses. More compact than other varieties 'Little Maid' is ideal for smaller gardens. An easy and undemanding plant.

  • Garden care: In autumn remove and compost the faded flower spikes and apply a deep dry mulch around the crown of the plant. Cut back to the ground in spring to keep the foliage fresh-looking. Divide and re-plant overcrowded colonies in spring.


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