Red Hot Poker, Torchlilies –
Natives of Madagascar and tropical South Africa. Brought to England in 1707 and kept in the greenhouses until 1848 when they were first planted outside to test their hardiness. Clumps of strap-like foliage. Torch shaped clusters of flowers held on stiff stalks. Blooms continuously all summer. Heat and drought tolerant.
One of the shortest, prettiest and most reliably cold hardy species. Improved cultivar. Tough leaves are ignored by deer and rabbits but hummingbirds and butterflies love the flowers.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Red Hot Poker, Torchlilies
Orange, Red, Yellow
Helenium – In full sun positions, the yellow or bronzy daisy flowers of helenium provide a marked contrast to the vertical spires of red-hot poker.
Artemisia – In late summer and fall, the slender, airy flower spikes of white mugwort provide an informal foil for the somewhat-stiff red-hot pokers in sunny gardens.
Salvia – The loose habit and sky blue flowers of blue salvia provide informality and a color complement to late-summer- and fall-blooming red-hot pokers.