Red hot poker

Kniphofia uvaria

Red hot poker - Kniphofia uvaria

Common Name: Red hot poker
Genus: Kniphofia
Species: uvaria

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

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

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

Tall, bright and imposing kniphofias lend height, vibrancy and drama to any garden. This variety produces tall spikes of red flower buds that open to orange and fade to yellow above clumps of evergreen strap-like leaves. Originally from South Africa the fiery torch-like flowers of this Kniphofia make vertical accents in a sunny border and work particularly well in a planting scheme based on 'hot' colours. They also look great against 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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