Greater Red-Hot Poker

Kniphofia x praecox

Red-Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Vuurpyl (Afr.)

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Tubular brightly coloured flowers (orange, yellow and red) in clusters (poker-shaped) along a long flowering stem and have strap-like leaves. Flowers in winter and attract many birds as they are nectar-rich. Naturally occurring in temperate regions in marshy areas. They multiply easily and form clumps. Is best grown from divisions and seedlings take 2-3 years to flower. Can handle some shade, but prefers full sun. Uses: Attractive looking flower in winter and draws many birds and insects to the garden. Has some traditional medicinal properties.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Best grown from divisions rather than seed.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing time seed in Autumn. Germinate in about 6 weeks.

Rhizomes

Divide rhizomes

Division

Divide clumps and replant.

Special features

Attracts birds

Nectar rich flowers in winter invite sugar-loving birds.

Attracts useful insects

Nectar rich flowers invite butterflies and bees.

Wet sites

Naturally along wetlands and marshy areas.

Special features

Origin

Africa, from the Eastern parts of South africa to Sudan.

Natural climate

Temperate regions and coastal marshlands.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Attractive looking flower in winter and draws many birds and insects to the garden. Has some traditional medicinal properties.

Personality

Family

Asphodelaceae

Flower colour

Orange, Yellow, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free

Companion plants

Restios, Arum lilies and other wetland-type plants.
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