Perennials forum: Marsh Poker, Kniphofia linearifolia

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Name: Evan
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eclayne
May 20, 2013 2:51 PM CST

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Anyone grow this one? I received one from Brian's Botanicals and am trying to figure out conditions. Any advice appreciated.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 20, 2013 7:27 PM CST
I have a similar one called Lola and they get 5-6 feet tall and have deep roots so they are drought tolerant suitable for xeriscaping. It is a very colorful plant, I bought mine for the wow factor. I just had to have it! Mine is getting big and I expect to see blooms this year but here is a picture from the database of the one I have. Zone 6-11, it attracts hummingbirds and is deer resistant. Both plants have tangerine at the top and yellow at the bottom. Joy Creek said zone 7,8,9, Digging Dog said hardy to zone 7, Sequim said 7-10.



http://www.joycreek.com/Kniphofia-linearifolia-043-014.htm
http://www.diggingdog.com/pages2/plantpages.php/p-0653
http://www.sequimrareplants.com/Kniphofia%20linearifolia.htm...
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
May 20, 2013 7:52 PM CST

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Great info. and links Susan, thanks. It looks like this makes a huge clump. With deep roots I wonder if it dislikes being transplanted or divided. Zone 6 is what Brians Botanicals says as well but with all those z7's noted maybe I'll mulch it just in case.
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virginiarose
May 20, 2013 8:01 PM CST
I don't think it minds transplanting and the mulch would be a good idea. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
May 20, 2013 8:12 PM CST

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Thanks again!! Thumbs up Thumbs up I'm thinking I should change the hardiness of this plant. Will do some more homework first.
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virginiarose
May 20, 2013 8:39 PM CST
Thumbs up I agree
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abhege
May 21, 2013 6:58 PM CST
they are a bit touchy, in my experience, to transplant but dividing smaller ones works fine.
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Bonehead
May 21, 2013 7:38 PM CST
I may try that down in my lower area, which is kind of boggy but dries out in the summer. Odd conditions, but perhaps with a big tap root it would do well.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 21, 2013 8:08 PM CST
Yes, I have heard they are hard to dig up because of the long roots. I wanted to just see it bloom before I make up my mind. If I decide not to keep it I need to dig it up as soon as possible. I am pretty good with a shovel but I do not like it when a plant starts laughing at me! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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eclayne
May 21, 2013 8:23 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing
Tap Root? OK...plant it once in final location it is.
Evan
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 21, 2013 8:48 PM CST
All root jokes aside,.. this thing gets huge! If it blooms for only one week or something silly like that, then it has to go! I am in the city and do not have a big yard. Around here a plant has to earn it's keep! LOL Thumbs up
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jun 10, 2013 2:03 PM CST
Ok, here it is in all it's glory! ' LOLA'

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Jun 10, 2013 2:11 PM CST
Whoa, it is Tall!
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CindiKS
Jun 10, 2013 2:49 PM CST
Those are hardy in zone 6. I've grown them here through some winters that were technically zone 5, too.
susan, I've never seen one as tall as yours! Maybe it's because we treat them as xeric plants and don't water them, and place them in full sun.
They do get deep tap roots that are impossible to dig. At least here they do...because they aren't getting watered! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jun 10, 2013 3:07 PM CST
This is a quote from PlantsDelight Nursery. They say it the best!

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Thanks to NC plantsman Jim Massey, for sharing this killer poker that he got from "Lola." Kniphofia 'Lola' is, as we say in the South, a real honker. In other words, it's big, it's bodacious, it's the Bo Derek of the red hot pokers. Our amazing clumps are 5' tall x 5' wide with 6-7' spikes of orange flowers in midsummer...a hub for hummingbirds. This is not for the small garden, small people who are easily intimidated, or those who have been diagnosed with a heart condition. If you want to make a loud statement and you have plenty of room, invite "Lola" into your garden! quote] Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I am not sure if I can keep this thing but at this point I am thinking I will never be able to dig it up! I thought it would never bloom it has been in the ground over a year and last year did nothing. The flower spikes are over 5' tall right now! On the plus side maybe some hummingbirds will see this, they have not noticed anything else. *Blush*
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jun 22, 2013 11:13 AM CST
Lola has four new spikes with buds! I am shocked because I did not know it rebloomed. LOL!

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Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Jun 23, 2013 3:28 PM CST
Susan, where did you buy your 'Lola'? I have never seen that one in a store. Don't tell me I'm going to have to order it from Plant Delights. Sticking tongue out Their shipping costs are so high that I have to buy several plants to justify the expense...and they have many in the catalog that i would love to have. *Blush*
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
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virginiarose
Jun 23, 2013 4:46 PM CST
It's only high because the plants are big. They sent me a huge Coneflower last year and it was three times bigger than the others I got, except for Hallson's and they were twice as big. Thumbs up
Susan

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