Kniphofia Species, Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma

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)
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Provides Winter Interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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:


Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Daleville, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Gaylesville, Alabama

Salem, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Belvedere Tiburon, California

CARLOTTA, California

China Lake Acres, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Granite Bay, California

Grass Valley, California

Huntington Beach, California

Livermore, California

Menlo Park, California

NORTH FORK, California

Ridgecrest, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Walnut Creek, California

Denver, Colorado

Wethersfield, Connecticut

New Castle, Delaware

Madison, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Carlton, Georgia

Elberton, Georgia

Fayetteville, Georgia

Hartwell, Georgia

Hephzibah, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Statesboro, Georgia

Kamuela, Hawaii

Boise, Idaho

Nampa, Idaho

Algonquin, Illinois

Jonesboro, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Solsberry, Indiana

Wichita, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Benton, Kentucky

Crestwood, Kentucky

Lancaster, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky(2 reports)

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Bastrop, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Auburn, Maine

Clinton, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland

Glen Burnie, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland

Takoma Park, Maryland

West Friendship, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Reading, Massachusetts

Sterling, Massachusetts

Swansea, Massachusetts

Ludington, Michigan

Mason, Michigan

Mattawan, Michigan

Niles, Michigan

Okemos, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Marietta, Mississippi

Goodman, Missouri

Kirksville, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Polson, Montana

Lincoln, Nebraska

Norfolk, Nebraska

Manchester, New Hampshire

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Clovis, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Alden, New York

Averill Park, New York

Buffalo, New York

Carle Place, New York

Hannibal, New York

Hilton, New York

Hopewell Junction, New York

Bayboro, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Oxford, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Jay, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Yukon, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Portland, Oregon(2 reports)

Salem, Oregon

Berlin, Pennsylvania

Denver, Pennsylvania

Fayetteville, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Darlington, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Patrick, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Burns, Tennessee

Columbia, Tennessee

Hixson, Tennessee

Johnson City, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Newport, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Athens, Texas

Austin, Texas

Brownwood, Texas

Bryan, Texas

Dallas, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Houston, Texas

Iredell, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(3 reports)

Sherman, Texas

Orem, Utah

Salem, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

Springville, Utah

Pittsford, Vermont

Alexandria, Virginia

Broadway, Virginia

Buchanan, Virginia

Cartersville, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia

Franklin, Virginia

Jonesville, Virginia

Camas, Washington

Concrete, Washington

Kalama, Washington

North Bend, Washington

Poulsbo, Washington

Shelton, Washington

Skokomish, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

West Richland, Washington

Elkins, West Virginia

Falling Waters, West Virginia

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 10, 2021, SecretMonkey from Salisbury, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought 3 pots with three plants each in 2018. I planted 5 plants and the others have remained in the small one gallon pots. They're still there, now 5-6 per pot, and alive,some even put out stalks and small blooms, though they're in pretty much solid shade. I've given several away and know that they all bloomed. So the plant is pretty resilient. B
But about the pokers- I put them where they were supposed to get full sun but my 200 year old pecans have robbed my yard of all but small pockets of sun, and these pokers weren't in any of them. Despite getting only about one hour of sun very early in the morning they bloomed the first year after I planted them.
They make a dramatic statement, and in the shaday area they are in they really glow. The base foliage has grow... read more


On Jul 1, 2017, Anton15 from Hong Kong,
Hong Kong wrote:

Of course this is an absolutely stunning vertical accent flower no question. The colour and size range also means it can be used in so many different places with so many different plants. Its like a perennial aloe, unbelievably lovely with grasses and other vertical flowers in a naturalistic setting.

However I've not had any luck with the plant so far.

When I buy them they are this lovely established thing in a pot with one or two enticing blooms, lovely upright spiky grey green foliage. However the minute I put them in the ground in full sun they collapse entirely, matter of days, flat flat then rot away completely. Its so sad as obviously you can see I adore them. Our temps are in the 90's and so is our humidity.

My question is has anyone i... read more


On Sep 15, 2014, racefanvt from Pittsford, VT wrote:

i am in zone 4 central vermont just bought three red hot poker plants this late summer so far so good i have seen where people have grown them in cold winter sights like ontario illinois and new hampshire any recommandations for the approaching winter


On Jul 6, 2014, littlebighorn from Salem, OR wrote:

I planted the seed last fall and basically forgot about the plant. We had particularity cold winter down in the single digits in Oregon. I figured I would loose a lot of plants the Orange poker came up like wild fire this spring and bloomed spectacularly. My only, "OH" was it didn't last but two months. It was beautiful well it lasted.


On Aug 26, 2013, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

upwords: I've grown Kniphoria in just about every color for decades. I've lived in 3 different homes, 3 completely different soil types and have had them in full sun, part shade, well watered and completely neglected and they all come back. I've also paid a pretty price for well cared for plants at a quality nursery to taking sad little starts and after 3 years you can hardly tell the difference. I always tell people when planting a start, put it in the ground but don't make it a mental part of your garden design the first couple of years. Put it where it will get watered but basically just ignore it. After a couple of years my starts put up a couple of blooms---just enough to make my heart skip a beat. Each year they increased and now (3 years later----the magic number) one of them... read more


On Jul 13, 2013, Upwords from Finley Point, MT wrote:

Despite the home being vacant for two years, the Red Hot pokers came up just fine. We figured out what they were and we LOVE the look of them. Bloom time is too short but they are stupendous so we forgive it. They appear one of our hardier plants even though this is Montana( -30 and dry)This year we dug up one of the three clumps and divided it (at least a dozen starts off of the one clump)and gave them to friends - We put in 6 of the babies and they are about 1/3 the size of the old ones but blooming. I read that they may send up another shoot if you cut them back so we are trying that (no luck as yet). These would be an excellent farmers market sell as they are showy and would command a good price.
Does anyone know if they could be grown in MN? Or is it too moist there?


On Jun 30, 2013, gorfnedrag from Louisville, KY wrote:

3yrs ago I purchased my house and was tearing out some bushes that were way past their prime. We stumbled across a few little green leaves, my dad asked if I wanted to tear them out as well, I told him we could just leave them and see what they would turn out to be. After a couple of years with no flowers I thought it was just a yucca. This spring when these 6foot tall stalks appeared I was trying to figure out what they were. And once they bloomed I was astonished by the bright vibrant colors of this plant. Everyone would stop and ask me what it was, I still had no clue since I had not planted it and the former homeowners didn't even know it was there, so they couldn't tell me either.
I was at a friend's house who was planting a new garden and spotted this very small version of... read more


On Apr 7, 2013, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am in zone 5 and love this plant! I have 3 of them and they have doubled in size in the last 2 years. I do prune them down every spring, (early April), to within 2 or 3 inches from the bottom and pull out and off any dead leaves and stalks. It does really well when pruned in spring. I also deadhead the stalks when the flower is done in the fall.


On Mar 30, 2013, lfury from Plainfield, IL wrote:

I have grown these from seed. My experience has been 3 yrs before having a bloom but the 4th year they went bonkers. At least a dozen blooms, not all at once either and very long lasting. I sell flowers & shrubs at a roadside stand and everybody asks if I have any RHP's for sale. Just started some from seed today. I now work in a major greenhouse so have learned to soak the seeds in hot water before planting them in seed starter mix, keeping them bottom warmed till germination. I'm 40 miles SW of Chicago with hot, dry summers and cold winters. They do fine without cutting back the heavy leaves till very early spring when I just burn them clean. Great plant. Saw them in the queens garden on a British plant show in a long hedge.


On Dec 17, 2012, Jungleman1987 from Jonesboro, IL wrote:

I have had this plant in my garden for several years. I planted the original plants from seed I purchased from Burpee. I have it planted in several places, it does well even in dry areas I can not water. It stays evergreen here in my zone 6b garden. It also attracts Hummingbirds. It reseeds it's self mildly but is not invasive. The only complaint I have is that the leaves can get messy, so I cut them back in late winter or early spring before the blooms emerge to give it a more compact and less messy appearance. Looks great with Yuccas and ornamental grasses.


On Sep 10, 2012, skeen from Frederick,
United States wrote:

Despite my lack of attention this plant is doing great and has almost tripled in size. I am trying to do some clean up for winter and was wondering if it is ok to cut back this plant? Some sites have said it's ok to cut it back other sites say this will kill the plant. I live in zone 7.


On Aug 30, 2012, Mike_W from Sterling, MA wrote:

I bought this plant from Home Depot a few years ago as I thought its exotic appearance would look great with my other tropicals in my south facing bed along my foundation. Little did I know how big it would get!

Despite my poor planning of placement, I still really enjoy this plant. It stays mostly green all winter and requires no protection. I live in zone 6, but my back yard is a zone 8 (at least) microclimate. The only care I have to perform at all is simply trimming it back here and there and the removal of spent flower stalks. It blooms every May and it's always a favorite among family and friends.


On Aug 7, 2012, massey01 from Orchard Grass Hills, KY wrote:

The Kniphofia or torch lilly sometimes gets mixed reviews. My goal is to plant perennial beds that offer varying interests and attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Being one of the early bloomers, I can count on it to welcome the first arriving hummingbirds as well as intriuge the Orioles. Tough as nails, could grow out of a rock!


On Aug 4, 2012, larry3228 from Columbia, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Each year it has more blooms and has a longer blooming time. A bit messy so I keep it towards the back of the beds. I deadhead the flowers to help extend the bloom time. It does take up quite a bit of space so I'll try trimming back the leaves in late spring to see if that helps.


On Jun 17, 2012, coldwater12 wrote:

My husband bought this plant on line 3 years ago and we live in zone 5. It has bloomed every year and has tripled in size. The only thing we do is mulch and water when its dry. I let the leaves die back over winter and remove in the spring. They pop back up like daylillies, the only thing that i have to do is stake the pokers when they get too tall! The first year i thought that the bugs were killing the flowers but thats just the way they are. The bottoms dry out or die off first, then the whole flower will go. Such a great feature in my garden I thinks that it's my favorite plant.


On May 31, 2012, PhyllisJ from Johnson City, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

A friend gave me the Torch Lily plant from her perennial bed last fall. The stalk is about 4' with a 12" bloom. It was such a surprise to see the size and bloom already this season. I live in zone 6 and find this a very easy plant to maintain. I love the interest this plant provides in my flower bed.


On May 26, 2012, VicPinto from Ocean Grove, MA wrote:

This is my 3rd year with these plants from seed. This is the first year that they have flowered and I don't know if this is common or not. I was going to rip them out at the end of the season if they had not flowered.

Still waiting to see hummers feeding on it as this was the original intent of growing these plants.

UPDATE: 8-30-2012. The flowers produce copious amounts of nectar. The hummingbirds love it! I've changed my rating to positive.


On Sep 17, 2011, hidi from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

3 rd year from seedling starts- never flowers. Many new starts from the original plants- but never a flower. Grows at the foundation on the southside, so pleanty of sunshine and good drainage. Wish I knew why it does not flower. hidi from IL


On May 31, 2011, papaverred from Fairfax, VA wrote:

Tough as a nail. Third year from seeds and it is now (May) flowering beautifully here in Fairfax, VA. Combines well with columbines and shastas.


On May 22, 2011, themadchemist from Johnston City, IL wrote:

Great Plant! I started with 2 planted from the local farmers market 5 years ago and now have 16 (zone 6 - So IL). It's very prolific but not invasive. One comment I saw several user mention, its unkempt appearance. I typically rip out all the dead leaves in mid-spring and chop the leaves to about 9 inches with scissors, before the buds appear. This makes the plant MUCH cleaner and as it blooms I dead-head the spent blooms and keep the plant trimmed back. The more you trim the faster it grows and blooms. then leave it to grow over for winter. The dieing greenery will help mulch and help winter the the plant. then next spring repeat. Don't be afraid to chop that green growth, it will actually make it healthier, or at least it does mine. Also don't forget to use them in cut flower arrangement... read more


On Jul 6, 2010, LightningShaman from Cartersville, VA wrote:

I LOVE kniphofia! I remember the first time I laid eyes on one in full my next door neighbor's. She has been creating gardens for 30 years and her firepokers are a gorgeous, however bizzare looking, attention getter. She saw me crooning over it so offered me some. My experience is that it grows strong, indifferent to climate, and can be counted on to multiply, but not invasively so. I would encourage anyone to plant these "asiatic looking" plants. I have them in my Asian garden and they add much beauty, despite the scraggly leaves left behind. Good outweighs the bad. Enjoy!


On Jun 27, 2010, brwhiz from Kearns, UT (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant definitely survives on its own in the Salt Lake Valley. I moved into a rental home late last fall, just before the first snow. The garden was totally neglected; overgrown with some kind of invasive vine and the planter beds had been overrun with grass with a strong network of roots over 6 inches thick. Imagine my surprise when up popped some tall stalks with bright yellow/coral flowers. I am currently trying to put the garden in shape and plan on dividing the plants and distributing them throughout the garden come the fall.


On May 1, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These grew well in my hot, humid midAtlantic garden. I removed them, however, because they are entirely out of character for my region and the colloquial style of my property.

The leaves, like a yucca, become unattractive as the season progresses, Hummingbirds ignored the flowers.


On Apr 30, 2010, ralar from Kansas City, MO wrote:

Hi, I have always thought this was a beautiful flowering stalk, so I bought four plants, I did not really do my research. I had never seen this plant in person only, in pictures. From reading your comments I am now concerned about planting this plant. A couple of you remarked about the rhizome and how it reminds you of Yucca plant or Bamboo, I do not want a plant that is going to get out of hand. So now I am wondering if I should forget the whole idea or just plant one in a pot or plant it in a pot in the ground so that it is contained. Would you consider this plant invasive? So do any of you have any thoughts on the matter? Thank you for your time and thoughts.


On Apr 22, 2010, MiniMoo from Romeo, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I purchased and planted this plant in the fall (when it was delivered), however, I do not see it in my garden now. When should I see the foliage? Everything else in the garden seems to be growing just fine, but these and some Lupine that I purchased from an on-line store, can't see them anywhere.


On Mar 25, 2010, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I started these from seed indoors last spring, and set out a bumper crop of them when they were still barely there. Mere sprigs of grass! As a perennial they didn't exactly explode out of the ground, now I know why some have "nursery beds". Grouped together as they were, the foliage was sort of nice, sort of a mess. Can't claim they provide the best winter interest either, because again they were mostly just a mess of gangly foliage. Still, I look forward to their tropical elegance, and went to move a "couple" this late winter. Holy moly, what a root (rhizome) system they got! I've seen a rhizome or two (running bamboo, St. Johns Wort) but I have a whole new respect for these suckers. And the "couple" gangly messes I went to move ended up as 5 huge buckets of plant. Kudos to it. *To clarif... read more


On Mar 7, 2010, anttisepp from Imatra,
Finland wrote:

I planted it az a very small piece of rhizome 3 years ago. It is very pretty and easy plant. Very attractive flowers, simple care. And it is zone 5 only!


On Dec 22, 2009, MadisonVoice from Madison, FL wrote:

For 4 years my Torch Lillys bloom in late November/early December. I'm in Madison Florida. Never in the summer>


On Dec 1, 2009, martymco from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I dug up 1 big plant from my Dads garden, in Prescott,AZ 15 years ago, and brought them to Albuquerque,NM. These are truly amazing,over the years,I have divided them several times,and planted in several different locations.
If planted in full sun and given a lot of water they will take over, we had stalks 4' high, but if deprived of water they will stay small, but still send up stalks and bloom.


On Nov 30, 2009, FranQ from Bethlehem, PA wrote:

This is a beautiful plant. I put it in the ground about four years ago and it just keeps multiplying and blooming more and more. A neighbor asked about it and had his daughter get plants for him. She claimed they wouldn't grow here in Bethlehem, PA but he told her about mine and got them. I also have seen them in other yards in the Lehigh Valley and they seem to do very well.


On Jul 26, 2009, silnik from Manchester, NH wrote:

I bought this plant about three years ago. It grew well but did not bloom. I decided to move it to to a sunnier spot and in the process I divided it. Got three plants out of it. These three grew beautifully in one year and I got three beautiful blooms.
I was claiming victory until I noticed some litlle bugs that also loved the flowers.( I can not identify them . They are wasp-like , very small.) Well, they had destroyed the bottom half of the flowers and I decided that if I was not going to enjoy them they would not either, so I cut them off !
I can only hope that nex year they will bloom again .


On Feb 15, 2009, JordaneLand from Grants Pass, OR wrote:

One of the first plants I tried when I just started gardening. Put 3 starts in with 3 dwarf Papyrus starts and a mMsa in the middle. Sure, it looked good for summer, but suffice to say the Musa and the Papyrus didn't stand a chance in our winter. But the Kniphofia stayed mostly green, and I left the three clumps where they lie in hopes of filling the space between with some annuals next year.

Well I didn't get around to really taking care of that until summer, but by then they had already grown to almost double there size! I figured to just leave them be, and that summer they gave me lots of blooms (which the hummingbirds loved, and would actually perch horizontally on the stem while drinking). Even in that large ceramic pot they hardly needed water this summer compare... read more


On May 31, 2008, flimsyparsley from Nampa, ID wrote:

This plant is amazing! I'm growing some that were divided from a clump from my aunt's garden. She got her clump when my grandmother divided her garden about 15 years ago. My grandmother originally put red hot pokers into her garden when her family divided my great-grandmother's garden. My dad said he would go to that garden as a toddler and play near the red hot pokers but was afraid to touch them -- because he thought they truly were red hot! That makes my species over 50 years and 4 generations old and they still thrive. I divide clumps among my friends every few years and they are beautiful.


On Sep 1, 2006, sandas from West Richland, WA (Zone 6b) wrote:

i have grown mine from seed in a pot and this is the 3rd year and it has multiplied so greatley it needs to be split up. this year i had many blooms on it and it has tolerated tremends abount of abuse (i had surgery so was laid up for a while and depended on others to water) during the winter what i have done was make sure the pot is close to the apt.(near the door to get any escaping heat) and wraped the pot in bubble wrap and it has manged to make it till the spring. please forgive my spelling. thank you .


On Mar 2, 2006, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

These are super tough hummingbird magnets! The second Fall after I bought this house, I moved one out from deep under a large forsythia and planted it next to our driveway. It was in such bad shape, I thought it was a daylily. The very next summer, it surprised me with no less than eight blooms.

By chance, that same spring I had also started some kniphofia from seed and had five more. These I planted in one large cluster in the backyard. Last summer we had dozens of hummingbirds visit our yard. One pair in particular never strayed far from this cluster of kniphofia. The only plant more popular was the red canna. This was the first time I'd ever been able to sit on my deck and watch hummingbirds at virtually any time of day. Amazing! I'm planting more of these this ... read more


On Jul 18, 2005, keyi from Yukon, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:

I started this one from seed in zone 7b in 2003. 1st blooms were late spring 2005 and they were awesome! There were about 15 on just 1 plant and the vibrant colors could be seen from quite a distance. It rebloomed with fewer and more muted colored spikes in July. One of my favorite plants in my garden.


On Jul 9, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

These plants' flowers are truly magnificent!!! Their flowers stand erect on thick stems. As flowers age the bottom flowers age to a yellow and then fall off from the base of the stem to the top. They produce very bright colours. In Australia, these plants are extremely popular for our dry, extreme landscape. They are relatively cheap here, too-- around $20-$25 for a large pots with some plants in a clump (usually around 8-12). Great plant!!! Make sure it always, always has well-drained soil!!!. Plants perform better if they are deadheaded; and if old, dead leaves are removed from the base. Everyone in any area where they grow should try growing this plant. Very good for beginners. pokerboy.


On Jul 7, 2004, RMCSNC from Lindale, TX wrote:

I bought my first bulbs in March and one has bloomed and is starting a second bloom. The other two plants have not done as well but we have had alot of rain. I am glad to find this site to hear about gathering of seeds and to hear that they have done well in Athens, Tx. since we only live a few miles from there. The color is marvelous, very bright. We look forward to happy gardening!


On Nov 1, 2003, dho1655 from Belvedere Tiburon, CA wrote:

This plant provides color to an otherwise dreary winter garden. Also is deer-resistant.


On Sep 18, 2003, Muzikatz02 from Johannesburg,
South Africa wrote:

I live in South Africa where the "red hot poker" grows wild.The firey colour attracts birds and bees and when they are in full flower. It just oozes nectar and this draws the birds. Also the birds notice the flower from afar, due to some special, unusual pigment factor - it's the ideal flower if you like wild birds.

They are hardy plants, but want to be left alone/ undisturbed for a good few years after planting until they grow so many offspring that they must be divided. Once planted leave it in-situ for some years until the plants crowd each other out. That way you will get bigger and taller flowers.


On Aug 8, 2003, starshine from Bend, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am not sure if I like this plant or not. It started out fairly small and has grown tremendously over the past few years. The candles are bright and enjoyable, but don't seem to last for very long. The base itself is full. As a matter of fact, this particular plant now takes up about 7 feet in diameter.


On Jul 14, 2003, City_Sylvia from Dallas, TX wrote:

A wonderful plant! I started with one bulb three years ago, now I have eight. It also grows in a planter just as well. It likes full sun and is very low maintaince.


On Jun 1, 2003, lauburt from Vancouver, WA wrote:

I like this plant because it's unusual. I always get lots of hummingbirds with this one! I also get a few larger, bright-colored birds that eat the nectar.


On Aug 9, 2001, eyesoftexas from Toadsuck, TX (Zone 7a) wrote:

These hardy herbaceous perennials produce poker-like heads from midsummer to autumn. The flowering spike is often described as two-tone because flowers on the bottom open first showing a different color than the upper buds. It has thick sword shaped leaves. There are many hybrids, as well as true species; in color they range from yellow and orange to red.

Kniphofias like well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. It is essential that the soil does not remain wet in the winter. Give plants a mulch of well-rotted manure or compost in spring. To propagate, lift and divide clumps in late spring.