One page with all of our Ret Hot Pokers together so you can see them and their descriptions without constant page turning.
- Kniphofia triangularis subsp triangularis ‘Light of the World’ is a very graceful kniphofia whose slender flower spikes glow in a warm apricot. The flower spikes are open and light and the whole plant of generally graceful appearance. Distinctive narrow grassy foliage with a pale midrib. Summer. 60-90cm
- Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’ is a short growing variety at no more than 45cm tall. The flowers open initially horizontal in a rich coral red, drooping as they age and changing ever so subtly to take on a shade more orange with the stamens adding just a hint of yellow. A lovely variety that is strongly enough coloured to get noticed, but soft enough in tone to blend with all sorts of colours.
- Kniphofia ‘Cobra’. A lovely short variety with dense, broad flower heads. The colouring in Kniphofia ‘Cobra’ is one of the finest. The whole spike starts green with soft coral tones at the tip. Gradually the flowers open from the bottom in shades of orange kissed pale ochre, finally ending up cream.
There is somewhat of a stigma surrounding the Red Hot Poker, probably deriving from the coarse nature of some of the larger species. The strong contrast of red and yellow in the flower is not to everyone’s taste as well. However there is a wealth of varieties available today in single colours and in shading varieties such that many cultivars could well be described as decidedly tasteful. There is much more variety of colour as well with creams, yellows, oranges and reds all in the mix. The lesson is, Don’t dismiss them – give them a try.
Being South African, Kniphofias prefer some moisture in the summer. Whilst they like it hot, they don’t appreciate a summer drought. Given a spot they like, they will grow and increase for very many years with little attention. They grow in a wide variety of soils, but given the choice they would plump for a sandy soil with adequate organic matter to retain some moisture for the summer.