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.
Best grown from divisions rather than seed.
Sowing time seed in Autumn. Germinate in about 6 weeks.
Divide clumps and replant.
Nectar rich flowers in winter invite sugar-loving birds.
Attracts useful insects
Nectar rich flowers invite butterflies and bees.
Naturally along wetlands and marshy areas.
Africa, from the Eastern parts of South africa to Sudan.
Temperate regions and coastal marshlands.
Soil PH preference
Attractive looking flower in winter and draws many birds and insects to the garden. Has some traditional medicinal properties.
Orange, Yellow, Red
Restios, Arum lilies and other wetland-type plants.