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PlantFiles: Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma
Kniphofia linearifolia

Family: Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: linearifolia (lin-ee-ar-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RosinaBloom On Nov 10, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Kniphofia, also called tritomas, and commonly called 'Torch Lillies', 'Red Hot Pokers' and 'Winter Cheer', are natives of Africa - 70 odd species of them. Once established the roots penetrate deeply into the soil, and are well able to sustain drought conditions. This colourful plant lightens up the landscape at a dull time of the year. They make lovely picked flower arrangements.


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

Richmond, California

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