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Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma 'Pfitzer's Hybrid Mix'

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: Pfitzer's Hybrid Mix



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 11, 2017, lightyellow from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL wrote:

I never see these for sale where I live (NE Florida) which always struck me as odd because they are kind of "tropical" looking and are quite heat-resistant.

Anyway, while in MA I picked up a plant in early spring for 2.99. I divided it when I got all the way back home. I got about 8 plants out of it that are now bigger than the initial plant. I only just now planted them and they tolerated being in black-colored pots during the Florida summer. Pretty tough.

My (over)zealous dividing probably cost it it's flowering but I'm looking forward to the blooms next year.


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............. :-)


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.


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.


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 ... read more