Kniphofia uvaria

Water Needs

moderate; high

Kniphofia uvaria
Perennial; Bulb; Water plant
Red -hot Poker; Fire Lily; Icacane

50 – 120 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

hardy

Flowers

orange yellow from June to October; winter spring

sun; damp soils; wildlife birds sunbirds insects;

Garden Situation

Habitat

grassland; water

Region

thicket; Western Cape; Karoo

Rain Season

winter

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Description

The Red hot poker is evergreen and extremely hardy and, as with most Kniphofia species, does well in both, ordinary garden conditions and in the water garden. It will flower better though if planted in a fertile soil enriched with organic material, and situated in full sun to partial shade. Similar to K. linearifolia, leaves are harder and narrower with flowers that are more rounded in shape. Initially pinkish red to green flower buds appear, which are then followed by the greenish yellow to yellow flowers in summer and autumn. Plants grow in small clumps in the wild Provincial distribution: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Kniphofia uvaria
Kniphofia uvaria