Kniphofia, commonly known as red hot poker or torch lily, it is a stunning plant with long spikes of tubular flowers that range from red to orange and yellow. It has a clumping growth habit and grass-like foliage that adds interest to the garden even when the plant is not in bloom. It blooms from mid to late summer and is a magnet for pollinators like bees and butterflies. The plant is native to South Africa and is drought-tolerant, making it an ideal choice for water-wise gardens. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, and can also tolerate light shade. It is relatively easy to care for and requires minimal pruning. For companion plants, Kniphofia uvaria looks stunning when planted with other drought-tolerant plants like agave and yucca. It also pairs well with ornamental grasses like Pennisetum and Miscanthus, which provide a contrasting texture to the spikes of flowers. With its striking flowers and ease of care, Kniphofia uvaria is a great addition to any garden.
- Common Name(s):Red-hot poker
- Hardiness:Half hardy and would benefit from protection through Winter.
- How big will I get? Kniphofia uvaria ‘Flamenco’ can grow to a height of 1.4m and a spread of 0.5m.
- Did You Know That:In their native range Kniphofia are often pollinated by sunbirds?
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Kniphofia uvaria ‘Flamenco’ prefers moist but well-draining soil. This plant is not tolerant of alkaline soil, it requires either a neutral or acidic soil to grow.
Kniphofia uvaria ‘Flamenco’ prefers an exposed position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.
Kniphofia uvaria ‘Flamenco’ will benefit from deadheading after it finishes flowering this will help the plant by redirecting energy from seed production to flower and root production.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Kniphofia uvaria ‘Flamenco’ can have problems with slugs and snails, and it tends not to have problems with diseases. It is not considered to be toxic.