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Kniphofia 'Atlanta'

Red hot poker

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Red, Orange

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (148143)

Plant details

Red hot pokers are instantly recognisable. Their arching clumps of long, narrow foliage form a large mound, from the centre of which upright flower spikes bear the characteristic glowing red and orange flowers. The leaves of this variety die off in winter, but rather than clearing them away in autumn it is a good idea to leave them until spring, to protect the crowns for winter - at least for the first year or two while plants get well established. Team red hot pokers with other hot coloured flowers, and plants such as Euphorbia mellifera that enjoy similar growing conditions.

Family: Asphodelaceae

Genus: Kniphofia

Cultivar: Atlanta

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red, Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 75cm

Time to divide plants: March to April


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