General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 2-3 ft.
Plant Spread: 15 in.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Red and yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
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

Common names
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Red-hot Poker
  • Torch Lily
  • Tritoma

  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 21, 2011 7:21 AM concerning plant:
    Prolific, great for planting a row run. Choose planting location carefully as groundhogs relish them.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 4:33 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
Plant Events from our members
Seedfork On April 7, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Bloom stalks with flower buds, looks like it will bloom this year for the first time.
Seedfork On April 6, 2015 Bloomed
Actually have three blooms the yellow is starting to change to orange now at the top.
AndreA33 From April 17, 2016 to April 19, 2016 Transplanted
Une vingtaine de rhizomes sous le mimosa
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
MrsBinWY On June 1, 2019 Transplanted
On 6-1-2019, planted 8 in the front, north of the apple tree.
MrsBinWY On May 18, 2019 Potted up
22 pots
MrsBinWY On March 17, 2019 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On March 10, 2019 Seeds sown
25 seeds from 2016G in milk jug @ warm room temp
MrsBinWY On March 2, 2018 Seeds germinated
1; ~26 up on 3-10-18; The first seedling perished. I probably waited too long to get the container to bright sunlight. Plan to give these to Becky on 3-14-18.
MrsBinWY On February 24, 2018 Seeds sown
36 seeds from 2016 garden for Becky; try warm room temp
KelliW On February 20, 2020 Seeds sown
wintersown outdoors in a jug, zone 6b
paleohunter On April 6, 2021 Transplanted
SuperHappyCamper On February 10, 2022 Obtained plant
Purchased from WM.
WebTucker On May 23, 2022 Bloomed
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Great Pic Joy! by Marilyn Dec 3, 2011 2:25 AM 3
Stunning display! by pirl Aug 19, 2014 2:36 PM 8

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