RED HOT POKER SEEDS
Tritoma, Torch Lily
Kniphofia uvaria, K. hirstuta, K. caulescens
Red hot poker blooms attract hummingbirds and provide excellent cut flowers. Plants are heat tolerant, and deer resistant.
TORCH LILY Red Hot Poker Kniphofia caulescens
Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. Bunches of 24 to 28 inch long steely blue, arched leaves with toothed edges create a striking architectural form. In early summer, strong, round stems rise well above the foliage, carrying bristly cones of coral red tubular flowers that fade to pale yellow from the bottom up. Blooms continue through late summer; red hot pokers make long-lasting cut flowers.
FIRE DANCE Red Hot Poker Kniphofia hirstuta
This dwarf, evergreen red hot poker grows only 12-18 inches tall, and produces uniquely colored flowers, shaded in coral-red, green, and amber. Blooms from June to September. Perfect for the front of borders, or in containers. Winter hardy to zone 6. Fire Dance red hot poker grows beautifully with dwarf gayfeather.
FLAMENCO Red Hot Poker Kniphofia uvaria
Drooping coral, orange, yellow, creamy white or red, tubular, spring and summer flowers form long pokerlike clusters. The flowers attract hummingbirds and are excellent for cutting. Beautiful planted with daylilies. Grows 2.5 feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 5.
How to Plant Red Hot Poker Seeds
Sow seed 6-8 weeks before planting out, use a deep container to avoid disturbing the tap root. Barely cover. Light aids germination. Kept at 70-75° F., germination is in 21-28 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds, in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 1-1.5 feet apart. Thin to the strongest plant.
Growing Red Hot Poker: Full sun or part shade, moderate to regular water. Will tolerate wet soils in summer, in winter soil must be well-drained. Flowers open from bottom to top, changing colors as they age. Hummingbirds love them and they are excellent for cutting. Tie foliage together in fall where winter temperatures drop below 0° F. Flowers the first year when started early. Plants are heat tolerant, and will resist deer and rabbits.