The Main Plant entry for Torch Lilies (Kniphofia)

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Common names:
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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
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

Torch Lilies (Kniphofia)

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 11:38 PM

"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."

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