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Kniphofia pauciflora

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Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pauciflora (PAW-ki-flor-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Coral/Apricot
Red-Orange
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Evergreen
Blue-Green
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Veined

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive michaelhickman On Nov 14, 2013, michaelhickman from Durban
South Africa wrote:

Kniphofia pauciflora are extinct in their former natural habitat however a number of plants were found a number of years ago growing in a highly modified environment in mowed grass in the centre of the Clairwood racecourse by Prof. Snowy Baijnath.

This is the only "wild" population known which may be suffering from lack of recruitment and other intrinsic factors such as low numbers of individuals. It may be surviving purely by clonal reproduction alone as a result the plants only set seed in very small numbers.

Reintroduced populations are conserved in various reserves around Durban. The only existing wild population is, however, not protected.

These plants have taken very well to cultivation and multiply very rapidly. They make excellent landscape subjects being suitable as small growing feature plants, and bedding plants provided they get sufficient water. They also make excellent pot plants and bog plants for natural ponds

From a single plant collected by Prof. Baijnath large numbers of plants have been produced vegetatively and have rapidly spread around the world.

Please feel free to contact me for more information on growing this plant at michael@ecoman.co.za



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