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.
The award winning 8-inch spikes of tubular flowers appear 4 weeks earlier than most varieties. The mixture of yellow, orange and fiery red flowers make a great cut flower, patio container or landscape plant. Long tap root gives good drought tolerance. Blooms June through September.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Red Hot Poker, Torchlilies
Red, Orange, 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.