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Red Hot Pokerblooms attract hummingbirds and provide excellent cut flowers. Plants are heat tolerant, and deer resistant.
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 'Goblin' Gayfeather.
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.
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.
Comments: 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 deer and rabbit resistant; heat tolerant.