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JLBG @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Kniphofia buchananii

Buchanan's Hot Poker

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Item #: 7673

Zones: 6a to 8b, at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: South Africa

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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As Monty Python's troupe would say, "And now for something completely different." From South Africa's famed Drakensberg Mountains comes this most unusual poker, whose narrow, fleshy, grass-like leaves form a loose upright green clump. The clumps are topped in late spring with narrow 2' tall spikes of lightly fragrant, pure white flowers that resemble holiday sparklers...attractive to hummingbirds. Kniphofia buchananii has an esoteric cuteness...just think of it as the Charlie Brown's Christmas tree of red hot pokers. This species is ideal for small gardens, which can be the perfect excuse for indulging in an esoteric cuteness fetish.