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Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
 
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Also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant, it is a genus of flowering plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae, that includes 70 or more species native to Africa.  All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly colored flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured.  The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees.  In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles.
 
The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Knipho, an 18th century German physician and botanist.
 
 
Information:
Type of plant: Perennials

Bloom color: Red, Bright Yellow

Bloom time of year: Mid Summer

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 6a to Zone 10b

Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing: 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


 
 

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