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Kniphofia 'Little Maid'

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Maid

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nevadagdn On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Supposedly this plant is fussy. Not for me! I have it in well-drained dry shade, and it thrives there.

Positive pokerboy On Aug 28, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

This kniphofia provides flowers which are pale green to lime yellow in colour during summer to early summer. This is a popular kniphofia. Red hot poker 'little maid' likes a moist and loamy soil, however it must be well drained. pokerboy.

Neutral Baa On Aug 4, 2002, Baa wrote:

This Kniphofia is a garden originated hybrid.

Has grassy, tough, deep green leaves. Bears racemes of tubuar flowers which start out almost bright green in bud, graduates through pale yellow and finally ends up an ivory white.

Flowers July-September

Loves fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. It dislikes heavy soils prefering sandy loams. It's not the easiest to overwinter so place in the best drained spot in the border you have.

Its a compact, slow growing little plant which is great for a rock garden or at the front of a border.


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

Sparks, Nevada
Wilsonville, Oregon
Alexandria, Virginia

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