Kniphofia linearifolia

Red hot poker

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (55332)

Plant details

The fat, yellow, poker-like flowers of this South African species bring welcome colour to the garden late in the season. Plants enjoy a hot, sunny spot with good drainage. Cut out any blackened, old leaves in spring, removing the dead flower stems at the same time.

Family: Asphodelaceae

Genus: Kniphofia

Species: linearifolia

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: April to May

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