The Main Plant entry for Torch Lilies (Kniphofia)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Seeds take a long time to reach flowering stage.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Common names
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Tritoma
  • Torch Lily

Photo Gallery
Location:  Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-12-05
Torch Lilies (Kniphofia)

Date: 2023-05-18
Location: Denver Botanical Garden
Date: 2021-07-07
Photo by Hamwild

Date: 2023-05-13
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: June 27, 2021
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-07-12
Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-16

Date: 2021-05-14
Location: My Cincinnati Ohio garden
Date: 2015-06-08
Third year in my garden
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-04-27
Red Hot Poker 010
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-07-12
large clump from 5 bulbs planted 6 years ago
Location: Waxhaw, NC
Date: 2020-04-26

Date: c. 1927
photo from the 1927 catalog, John Scheepers, New York City, NY

Date: 2012-05-15
unknown cultivar

Date: 2023-05-13
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-04-20

Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington

Date: 2019-07-22
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 2016-05-30
Location: in my garden
Date: 2017-05-27
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-04-22
Location: by swingset
Date: 2021-05-23
main bloom and keiki at bottom
Location: by swingset
Date: 2021-05-23
close up of keiki
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-04-20
Photo by Hamwild
Photo by virginiarose
Photo by Hamwild

Date: 2012-09-06
A knockout border at Alnwick Garden
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Jul 1, 2012
Location: Sanetti Plateau
Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
Location: Waxhaw, NC
Date: 2020-04-26
Location: Altamont, Illinois
Date: 8-4-07
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2016-05-30
Location: Jardin botanique de Montréal
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 09-05-16
leaves and emerging buds
Photo by pretty_paws_29

Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2013-10-13
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Altamont, Illinois
Date: 8-4-07
Location: Vander Veer Botanical Gardens - Davenport, Iowa
Date: 2011-07-02
Location: Vander Veer Botanical Gardens - Davenport, Iowa
Date: 2011-07-02
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2019-09-20
Location: Washington 
Date: Summer
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2016-05-30
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2016-05-30
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 11:38 PM concerning plant:
    "Kniphofia, also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae, that includes 70 or more species native to Africa. Herbaceous species and hybrids have narrow, grass-like leaves 4–39 inch long, while perennial species have broader, strap-shaped foliage up to 5 feet long. 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 Kniphof, an 18th-century German physician and botanist."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K...
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On January 28, 2015 Seeds sown
Planted under office window.
dragonfetti On January 23, 2015 Obtained plant
Two bare root plants from BL.
dragonfetti On January 15, 2013 Obtained plant
January 15, 2013: Obtained plant ( (from http://www.edeweissperennials.... as a tuber. Have three different varieties but have lost their tags. One orange and yellow did very well has has become quite large, and had two blooms. The other has not bloomed. 11-22-2014)
GoCart On June 1, 2018 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Bulbs did not sprout. Removed.
GoCart On March 11, 2018 Transplanted
Costco Bulb-to-Blooms "bulbs" from bag to ground
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