Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma
Kniphofia caulescens

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: caulescens (kawl-ESS-kens) (Info)
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Orange

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California

Pueblo, Colorado

Ocala, Florida

West Branch, Iowa

Trout, Louisiana

Durham, North Carolina

Athens, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Sumter, South Carolina

Belton, Texas

Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 9, 2012, bmottern from Durham, NC wrote:

Saw this plant in England last summer and was able to find it here in NC. In UK the plant had bright blue green foliage, here its more green but the plant looks great and has its first flowers!

Positive

On Oct 10, 2009, whyteboy_9 from Pueblo, CO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Broad leaves and orange inflorescences are as near as cold winter gardeners can come to aloes. Very impressive planted in groups of 3-5 or even larger beds. I recommend mulching heavily the first winter, but it seems to be nearly indestructible once established.Although the frequent hailstorms in my area do considerable damage, the plant always recovers quickly. This is absolutely one of my favorite plants!