My partner brought some old-fashioned yellow and orange torch lilly rhizomes home from Ireland decades ago and started them in Richmond, Texas, where they flourished. Neither of us had ever seen them available in this area and were impressed with their beauty. When we moved closer to Austin, in South Central Texas, five years ago, we carefully transplanted most of the torches our new farm. Although the plants didn't appreciate being relocated and suffered a bit the first year, they have now happily established themselves and provide us with a magnificent backdrop in our flowerbeds. When we recently saw some torch lilies for sale at a local garden center, we were both delighted to see them available here. Anyway, I just wanted to say that the plants seem to do well here in our area.
Yes they do. I'm a Master Gardener and professional designer in Spring Hill, Florida. The key is to amend the soil HEAVILY. This area goes from one extreme of complete beach sand to a 4' layer of heavy clay. Work in LOTS of compost and soil conditioner( finely processed pine bark) Check your PH. Pokers like it on the alkaline side. Watch your microclimate. Full baking Florida sun in an area with a lot of radiant heat such as a driveway or wall is not good for them. They need a bit of afternoon protection in a micro like that. They do need supplemental irrigation to do well. Don't load them up on nitrogen.