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Kniphofia caulescens
@ Heronswood, WA

Kniphofia caulescens

Red Hot Poker

Item #: 4904

Zones: 5b to 7b, at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

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

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We saw this growing from moist peaty seeps up to 8000' in elevation at South Africa's only ski resort during our 2005 expedition. When we first saw the evergreen glaucous foliage and splendid architectural form (like a blue octopus after rigor mortis sets in), we realized this was indeed something special. Although I'd grow this species for the foliage only, the clumps are topped with 4' tall spikes of huge toilet brush-sized pokers in July/August. Each poker is bright orange at the top with a distinctive wide yellow band at the bottom of the flower. Kniphofia caulescens has proven to be amazingly easy to grow in typical garden conditions, so give it a try.

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