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Greater Red-Hot Poker

Kniphofia x praecox

Also known as

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

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

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Greater Red-Hot Poker Overview

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.

Common problems with Greater Red-Hot Poker

Problem free

    Greater Red-Hot Poker Companion Plants

    Restios, Arum lilies and other wetland-type plants.

    How to harvest Greater Red-Hot Poker

    Best grown from divisions rather than seed.

    How to propagate Greater Red-Hot Poker

    Seed

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

    Rhizomes

    Divide rhizomes

    Division

    Divide clumps and replant.

    Special features of Greater Red-Hot Poker

    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.

    Other uses of Greater Red-Hot Poker

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

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