Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria) in the Torch Lilies Database

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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

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February 14, 2015

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 21, 2011 7:21 AM

Prolific, great for planting a row run. Choose planting location carefully as groundhogs relish them.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 4:33 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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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
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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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HELP! Lily newbie & don't know a thing! by flaflwrgrl May 20, 2018 6:31 AM 140
Lots to trade...Willow tree cuttings...flowing quince..raspberries by Redhorseeg Apr 7, 2013 9:52 PM 3
Sedum Chat Room by valleylynn Mar 31, 2012 9:50 PM 2,106

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