Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily
Height: 1-3' (30-90cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Cream, yellow, orange, red, green ____________________________________
Subclass: Monocotyledonae (Monocotyledons) Superorder: Liliidae (Lily Superorder) Order: Liliales (Lily Order) Family: Asphodelaceae (Asphodel Family) Genus: Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) Species: hybrids (hybrids) ____________________________________
Kniphofia is a popular, old-fashioned plant for the perennial border. While older varieties produced flowers with bright orange-red tops and contrasting bright yellow 'skirts', the newer varieties often produce flowers in more muted shades, varying from cream, through peach and pinkish salmon, to orange or even green, with the flowers shading from dark to light, or sometimes all in one colour.
Most hybrid Kniphofias are deciduous perennials, producing long, coarse grassy leaves in spring, and strong stems with dense heads of narrow tubular flowers in late summer and early autumn. Flower stems grow to about 2'-3', although some newer hybrids are shorter. They prefer rich, moist soil in full sun or part shade, and form large clumps when established.
Kniphofias can be propagated from seed, or by division.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seed pod is a ball which opens with three parts. Each individual flower produces
a seed pod.
Seed The seeds are dark brown chips. There are several seeds in each seedpod.
Seedling The seedling has a single grassy leaf.
(You can check the meaning of any technical terms new to you in the Botany section of the site)
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