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Kniphofia uvaria - (L.)Hook.

Common Name Red Hot Poker , Common Torch Lily, Torch Lily, Poker Plant, Tritoma
Family Asphodelaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp slopes and marshy ground[73]
Range S. Africa.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Kniphofia uvaria Red Hot Poker , Common Torch Lily, Torch Lily, Poker Plant, Tritoma


Kniphofia uvaria Red Hot Poker , Common Torch Lily, Torch Lily, Poker Plant, Tritoma
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Summary

Bloom Color: Orange, Red, Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling.


Physical Characteristics

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Kniphofia uvaria is an evergreen Perennial growing to 2 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in leaf all year, in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

K. aloides.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Massing, Rock garden, Seashore. Prefers a light sandy soil with plenty of moisture in spring and summer[1]. Prefers a sunny position[111]. Succeeds in maritime exposure[166, 200]. Not fully hardy in colder winters, it is best to give the plant some protection in the winter[1]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. Commonly grown in the flower garden[1], it is a good plant for attracting butterflies and moths[30]. Special Features:Attracts birds, Attractive foliage, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[111]. The seed usually germinates in 2 months at 15°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring as new growth commences. Do not allow the plants to become dry either before or after planting[1, 111]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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