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.
This variety boasts showy, long slender torches. Green-tinged buds open to reveal dainty flared, pendulous florets lit in lucent tangerine orange shades. Pointed, low growing grassy leaves with pale midribs ground this small-statured, first-rate Kniphofia.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Red Hot Poker – Torchlilies
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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.