Red Hot Poker
- Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily
- Latin Name
- Kniphofia spp
- The most conspicuous characteristic feature of this plant, is the perfect arrangement of the flowers. The leaves grow to a length of about 1 m; the flowering stem, which grows to 1,5 m in height, carries the inflorescence which consist of slender, tube-shaped flowers. The flowerheads are pale to dull red at first, but turn to yellow or green-yellow when they open in late summer.
- The Red Hote Poker can be found growing in grassveld and marshes and is found from the Western Cape Province north through to the Limpopo Province.
- Field Notes
- There are a number of Poker species including K. linearifolia, K. uvaria, K. multiflora, K. Caulescens.
The Red Hot Poker is a South African plant that is now found in many parts of the world, having been imported for its dramatic beauty and for the fact that the flowers last for a long time.