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Kniphofia sarmentosa
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NCJuniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Kniphofia sarmentosa

Red Hot Poker

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Item #: 5840

Zones: 7a to 9b, at least

Height: 48" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: South Africa

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

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Kniphofia sarmentosa hails from mountain streams in South Africa's winter rainfall Karroo region. It quickly became one of our favorite pokers...after 5-card draw, of course. The thin, blue-grey foliage makes a narrow clump to 2' tall. In early spring (March-April) in NC, the clumps are topped with narrow 4' tall spikes of coral-orange. From Zone 8 south, they often flower throughout the winter months. K. sarmentosa is slightly stoloniferous (runs underground), especially in moist soils, so there will be plenty to share.