One page with all of our Ret Hot Pokers together so you can see them and their descriptions without constant page turning.

Botanical Style Photographs
Kniphofia 'Light of the World'

Kniphofia ‘Light of the World’

  • 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 'Nancy's Red'

Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’

  • Kniphofia ‘Brimstone’ is an eye-catching Kniphofia producing tall slender pokers in green and pale yellow over a long season from August even into December. 75cm. Award of Garden Merit.
Kniphofia 'Brimstone'

Kniphofia ‘Brimstone’

  • Kniphofia ‘Little Elf’ is a slender medium sized Red Hot Poker whose narrow flower spikes sport flowers that open yellow from green buds. For a warm spot not too dry in summer. 3ft
Kniphofia 'Little Elf'

Kniphofia ‘Little Elf’

  • Kniphofia ‘Ice Queen’ is a tall strong growing variety which is a little cooler than its red-hot cousins. Flowers begin green and gradually turn through pale lemon to cream as they age. 150cm. full sun with access to moisture in summer
Kniphofia 'Ice Queen'

Kniphofia ‘Ice Queen’

  • Kniphofia ‘Wrexham Buttercup’. A cracking Poker with broad heads that change in colour from lime green buds, through shades of lemon, finally ageing warm apricot. A shorter variety at 1m high. Good, easy and floriferous. AGM
Kniphofia 'Wrexham Buttercup'

Kniphofia ‘Wrexham Buttercup’

  • 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.
Kniphofia 'Cobra'

Kniphofia ‘Cobra’

  • Kniphofia ‘Tawny King’ is an outstanding Red Hot poker. The large flowering heads fade from deep tawny brown buds into rich cream flowers, all enhanced by the dark bronze stems. Growth is vigorous and flowering is prolific from July to October. 1.2m sun
Kniphofia 'Tawny King'

Kniphofia ‘Tawny King’

  • Kniphofia ‘Painted Lady’ is an easy to grow variety with extra long pokers which fade from a glowing salmon bud through yellow to a cream flower. Unusually the pokers can branch like a candelabra. 110cm. Full sun with moisture in summer.
Kniphofia 'Painted Lady'

Kniphofia ‘Painted Lady’

  • Kniphofia ‘Timothy’. Easy to grow variety with flowers in shades of soft salmon, peach and cream, made all the prettier by the flared ends on the trumpets. Bronze flower stems. 70cm. Full sun with moisture in summer.
Kniphofia 'Timothy'

Kniphofia ‘Timothy’

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.