Red Hot Pokers, Torch Lily, Pokers
The perfect combination of drought hardy and stunning. Photo - Linda Ross
Red Hot Pokers - Kniphofia
Description: Colours range from deep scarlet to soft yellow flower. Rocket shaped heads of this cheery beauty are held high on strong stems above strappy foliage. Kniphofias are tough and come in a range of citrus colours, as well as white and green. They last well in the vase.
Size: 1.5m high and wide.
Cultivation: sold bare-rooted and in pots. Plant in full sun to part shade. We find kniphofias require little attention and water after they are established but don't enjoy repeated heavy frosts nor do they like their soil to be manured richly.
Special comments: kniphofias aren’t much to look at when they’re not flowering, so plant them alongside other seasonal performers, to keep the garden bed interesting. Kniphofia don’t enjoy being hemmed in by other plants and as the foliage is quite low and the flower stems narrow they don’t hide plants growing behind.
Others: We like golden orange 'James Nottle', pale lemon 'Lime Glow', brick red 'Winter Cheer', and the soft peach 'Princess Beatrice'.
Buy: Collectors Plant Fair, Lambley's Nursery, Perennialle Nursery.