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

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Plant Height: 40 to 60 inches (1-1.5 m)
Plant Spread: 20 to 40 inches (.5-1 m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Grey-blue leaves
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: Opens coral red, changing to pale lemon yellow
Flower Time: Summer
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
Other: Take offshoots from the crown
Pollinators: Birds
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 2010 Plant Select Winner


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Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On May 11, 2015 Transplanted
lovesblooms On April 24, 2015 Obtained plant
GoCart On September 1, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
appeared to die from crown rot
GoCart On July 8, 2017 Transplanted
vendor pot to ground
MrsBinWY On April 23, 2019 Seeds germinated
MrsBinWY On April 6, 2019 Seeds sown
16 seeds from GeoSeed @ room temp in milk jug
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
great close up by jerseyridgearts Apr 10, 2014 1:21 AM 0
First Fairy Garden by Boolynnful Mar 17, 2018 5:52 AM 5
Kniphofia--who grows them. and need critique by Avedon Jun 1, 2018 6:07 PM 72
Have lots of sedum Autumn Joy by lovesblooms Apr 12, 2014 8:13 PM 4
Hot Poker Plant by Natalie Jul 8, 2013 2:06 PM 48
Kniphofia In Containers?! by Marilyn Apr 16, 2019 10:32 AM 45
Perennials in Pots by RickCorey Apr 27, 2012 10:52 PM 86
Are you adding any new perennials of any kind this year? by SongofJoy May 13, 2012 6:47 AM 130
plant shopping by tarev Feb 22, 2014 11:42 PM 2

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