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Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia spp.

Also known as

Tritoma, Torch Lily, Poker Plant

Kniphofia uvaria BW-2014-06-07 13-49-23 by Berthold Werner (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Red Hot Poker Overview

Kniphofia is a genus containing around 71 evergreen or herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the Asphodelaceae family, native to Africa. They are commonly known by the names Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Poker Plant and Tritoma. Several members of this genus are cultivated for their architectural and striking spikes of dense, tubular flowers in shades of red and orange, giving them the common name red-hot pokers. There are many cultivars and hybrids available and all do well in full sun.

Common problems with Red Hot Poker

How to propagate Red Hot Poker


Seed or division or the fleshy crowns in spring, cultivators by division only in spring.


Special features of Red Hot Poker

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Red Hot Poker

Ornamental, ground cover. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Exotic Plants

Add these plants to your space to give an exotic feel.

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