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Kniphofia uvaria

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ny-FOH-fee-uh oo-VAIR-ee-uh
Description

Hybrid cultivars of Red hot poker are available, which have flowering spikes of pale yellow, ivory, apricot, orange and red that bloom in summer.  All have long, sword-like basal leaves and tall, upright flowering spikes.  It flowers from the bottom upward, and the bright orange flowers fade to yellowish green as they senesce, resulting in a two toned spike with orange flowers at the top and yellowish ones below.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer and is slightly salt tolerant.  To propagate, either sow seeds or divide plants in spring.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Lake Wall Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Flamenco’
  • 'Papaya Popsickle'
‘Flamenco’, 'Papaya Popsickle'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#sun#yellow#perennial#salt tolerant#well-drained soil#summer flowers#deer resistant#summer bulbs#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#HS302
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • ‘Flamenco’
  • 'Papaya Popsickle'
‘Flamenco’, 'Papaya Popsickle'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#sun#yellow#perennial#salt tolerant#well-drained soil#summer flowers#deer resistant#summer bulbs#pollinator plant#butterfly friendly#HS302
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Kniphofia
    Species:
    uvaria
    Family:
    Asphodelaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South West & South Cape Province
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Flowering spikes of pale yellow, ivory, apricot, orange and red. It flowers from the bottom upward, and the bright orange flowers fade to yellowish green as they senesce, resulting in a two toned spike with orange flowers at the top and yellowish ones below.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Long, sword-like, basal
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt