Kniphofia caulescens

Also known as:

  • Red-hot Poker
  • Torch Lily

Plant Type

perennial

Zones

4b-10a

Size

H:3'-4'
W:20"-24"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular, drought tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun

Features

Flowers:

orange, yellow

Foliage:

evergreen, glaucous

Wildlife:

hummingbirds

Flowering Time:

summer, fall

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Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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Richmond, California

888-266-4370

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Berkeley, California

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Berkeley, California

510-558-8650

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Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado

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Description by: Annie's Annuals & Perennials

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I can honestly say I’ve never met a Kniphofia that I didn’t like & this is one of my favorites. The foliage is wide & a beautiful silver-blue color. The leaves are held fairly stiffly, giving it the look of an Aloe when not in bloom. Chunky flower heads of orange tubes age to a pale yellow. In late Summer through Fall. The foliage is so great, it’s worth growing for that alone. The rosettes will eventually form basal stems if grown in a warm climate where they won’t freeze back. Native to the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa, this Kniphofia is pretty cold hardy. It will look best in rich, well drained soil. To 3’x3’ clump. Hummingbirds love the flowers!

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Description by: Xera Plants

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Portland, Oregon

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An astonishing Torch lily or Red Hot Poker that actually forms a trunk! Large blue-green leaves radiate out from a short trunk that eventually grows to about 1' tall. In mid-summer large spikes of apricot flowers fade to light yellow on spikes that reach to 4' tall. Flowers contrast with the blue foliage for an excellent effect. Full sun and well drained soil. Cut back spent foliage in early spring. Occasional summer water. Good on hillsides.

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Denver, Colorado

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Gorgeous blue-green rosettes of foliage are garden worthy in their own right. By late summer the clump is crowned with glowing crimson, golden, and ivory torches that create a focal point in the border or xeriscape. One of the most versatile and showy of wild torch lilies, this promises to be a "must have" for all who see it. Does best in loamy soil.. USDA zones 4b-9 (up to7000').

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Narrow, evergreen, blue-green leaves maintain a good garden presence throughout the year so the July-August flowers, orange and yellow on 4 ft spikes are a wonderful bonus. Heat and drought tolerant, so bright sun and little summer water. Enjoy! Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Bluish green leaves in upright clusters are reason enough to grow this species. Thick orange and yellow poker flower on 3' stems and 2' diameter plants.

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