Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma 'Lola'


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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:



Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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


Madison, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Arroyo Grande, California

Rosedale, California

Washington, District Of Columbia

Gowrie, Iowa

Hazard, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)

Fort Washington, Maryland

Roswell, New Mexico

Southold, New York

Cary, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

Henderson, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Richlands, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Manchester, Pennsylvania

San Antonio, Texas

Norfolk, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 27, 2016, Adrienneny from Staten Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted Lola this year so I can't speak to cold hardiness yet but I wanted to upload a photo and make a comment about it starting to flower right now 11/27. It's about 36".

Update 7/15/17 photo of one of the babies of the original plant. It's blooming earlier and much taller this year. For reference that is a six foot tall fence.


On Jul 21, 2013, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lola is the biggest Kniphofia I know of. It may take a season or two to get established before blooming. The blooms first appear a dull orange but quickly brighten up and within a few days they are two tone bright orange and yellow (3 colors if you can't the beige of spent blooms.) I love this plant. It's fully hardy here with evergreen foliage.


On Jun 7, 2012, bigbeardontcare from Columbus, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

These are beautiful plants, but after their bloom is over, I'm not sure what to do with them. I'm afraid to cut them down to the stem and I'm not sure where to cut if I were to deadhead them. Does anyone have any advice to keep 'Red Hot Poker' blooming more than once during the summer?


On May 20, 2012, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've had this plant in my yard for 10 years. It reliably blooms but the leaves get long and droopy in Summer and I cut them back by half. This year I am going to move them as they are getting more and more shade from a nearby tree. I am hoping with increased sun and decreased water they will have a more tidy apprearance. The gophers really love these and I caged them underground after the first year, however the deer don't touch them. They are worth having even though they can be a little work, the blooms are wonderful.


On Jun 15, 2009, charo63 from Manchester, PA wrote:

I found this plant growing in the woods across from my home in 2007 (I couldn't believe my eyes). I dug it up, seperated the tumors and planted them in parts of my yard that needed a splash of color. Last year (2008) the plants did not produce any blooms. This year; however, each plant produced two or more blooms in vibrant orange and yellow on very thick stalks. The plants receive direct sun from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The soil is mostly clay but I made modest attempts to break it down with peat moss, compost, and manure. I'm very pleased with their performance. My only wish is that they would bloom more than once.


On May 21, 2009, will335 from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I planted one last year and it produced dark orange blooms which resemble candles. It tolerates full sun here in hot south Texas, and appears to be drought tolerant. A good plant for xeriscaping.


On Jul 13, 2008, ProtonVehiCROSS from Seattle, WA wrote:

I ordered a few of these from Plant Delights Nursery. One was planted in fall 2005 in an area which probably receives too much shade (less than 2-3 hours sun per day). It has grown from one tiny bare-root plant into a huge leafy bush in three summers, but the first two seasons, it didn't produce any blooms. This year, the huge plant produced a single bloom on a strong, thick stem. It is easily the thickest, tallest bloom of any kniphofia I've seen, but the bloom color is on the lackluster side -- a dull orange that doesn't 'pop' like colors in these photos show. That could be due to the lack of direct sun, soil quality, or just poor genes -- I'm not sure.

The others I ordered from PDN were planted in full sun (7-8+ hours per day) in summer 2007, but have been slow to establi... read more


On Feb 19, 2006, rebecca30 from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased this plant from Plant's Delight Nursery, NC. Well worth the money. Very large plant, attracts birds. Evergreen color stays over winter. Baby plants within the first year. Stricking color and heat tolerant, sun loving. Grows in my 7a garden.