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Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma 'Flamenco'

Kniphofia uvaria

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: uvaria (oo-VAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Flamenco
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Decatur, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Cabot, Arkansas

San Leandro, California

Cordele, Georgia

Griffin, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Owosso, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Kirksville, Missouri

Elba, New York

Burlington, North Carolina

Grove City, Ohio

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2008, marsue from Isabella, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

We planted 6 of these Flamenco Torch Lilies in the spring of 2007. I was pleased with their performance in our hot, humid summer as well as on into the fall. Now in the spring of 2008, I am absolutely delighted with these plants! They started blooming in mid-April and one of the plants has 9 blooms on it in various stages. The hummingbirds are attracted to the plants and feed at them several times a day even though there is a feeder nearby.


On Apr 30, 2005, kbads from Kirksville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

So far, so good. I planted a small start of this last year, in about June, I think. All in all, I think it has done very well in a bed with lots of nasty clay! It grew into a nice sized clump by the end of summer, and had about 4-5 blooms in its first year. It made it through its first winter and it it greening up nicely, looks like the clump will continue to grow. All of that when I lost several ornamental grasses, some that had been established 2+ years!