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Kniphofia uvaria 'Pfitzer's Hybrid Mix'

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: uvaria (oo-VAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pfitzer's Hybrid Mix

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cacTYEpete9 On Dec 17, 2007, cacTYEpete9 from Chester, NY wrote:

Every year when this plant "pokes" it heads out, it never ceases to amaze me how many heads it turns it's way! A very unique flower to say the least............. :-)

Positive Photographer On Apr 14, 2007, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

I initially believed this plant would be equally as hardy as Yucca but they are just a bit less so. In the right location out of the wind and with improved soil ....... I believe this plant would thrive in the Yakima Valley.

Neutral hothaus On Feb 16, 2006, hothaus from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is an evergreen in my garden. I transplanted rhizomes from one location to several. To my dismay it grows exceedingly well without any care and tends to take over. Now I am in the process of removing some of the plants-- a task made difficult by thoroughly imbedded snarls of resistant rhizomes. While frustrating, they may be worth the effort as they bring many hummingbirds to my garden.

Positive htop On Sep 22, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Kniphofia are native to South Africa. A few species are deciduous and sprout again in the early summer, but most are evergreen. In winter or summer (depending upon the species), they produce dense inflorescence spikes above the level of the foliage. The small, tubular flowers on the spikes are produced in shades of yellow, red, orange and cream. Red hot pokers require moist well-drained soil (sandy, loamy soil is best) and full sun. Water them frequently while they are growing actively. All Kniphofia attract nectar-feeding birds.

They can be propagated by seed or division of the rhizomes, but division is the faster way to do it. Seed-grown plants take a long time before they bloom. After being divided, a year or two of growth is needed and they will flower well. Lift large clumps, divide using a spade and then re-plant.


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

Bootjack, California
Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
Littleton, Colorado
Deltona, Florida
Live Oak, Florida
Athens, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Hebron, Maryland
Reading, Massachusetts
Vulcan, Michigan
Wixom, Michigan
Chester, New York
West Islip, New York
Oregon City, Oregon
Sumter, South Carolina
Arlington, Virginia
Deer Harbor, Washington
Moxee, Washington
White Center, Washington
Larsen, Wisconsin

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