Red hot poker

Kniphofia 'Tawny King'

Red hot poker - Kniphofia  'Tawny King'

Common Name: Red hot poker
Genus: Kniphofia
Cultivar: 'Tawny King'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.25 m (125 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream
Foliage Colour: CreamFlowering Period: July to October

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

Tall, bright and imposing kniphofias lend height, vibrancy and drama to any garden. 'Tawny King' produces fantastic 'pokers' with dark bronze stems and tubular cream flowers that open progressively from the base of the flowerhead above clumps of evergreen strap-like leaves. The flowers start opening in July from apricot buds and continue to flower well into October. Originally from South Africa the elegant torch-like flowers of kniphofia make vertical accents in a sunny border and look particularly good as an exotic scheme based on 'hot' colours. They also look great with a background of ornamental grasses. This is an easy and undemanding plant.

  • Garden care: In autumn remove and compost the faded flower spikes and apply a deep dry mulch such as pine needles 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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