Greater Red-Hot Poker
Kniphofia x praecox
Also known as
Red-Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Vuurpyl (Afr.)
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This plant has no fragrance
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Greater Red-Hot Poker Overview
Tubular brightly coloured flowers (orange, yellow and red) in clusters (poker-shaped) along a long flowering stem and have strap-like leaves. Flowers in winter and attract many birds as they are nectar-rich. Naturally occurring in temperate regions in marshy areas. They multiply easily and form clumps. Is best grown from divisions and seedlings take 2-3 years to flower. Can handle some shade, but prefers full sun. Uses: Attractive looking flower in winter and draws many birds and insects to the garden. Has some traditional medicinal properties.
Common problems with Greater Red-Hot Poker
Greater Red-Hot Poker Companion Plants
Restios, Arum lilies and other wetland-type plants.
How to harvest Greater Red-Hot Poker
Best grown from divisions rather than seed.
How to propagate Greater Red-Hot Poker
Sowing time seed in Autumn. Germinate in about 6 weeks.
Divide clumps and replant.
Special features of Greater Red-Hot Poker
Nectar rich flowers in winter invite sugar-loving birds.
Attracts useful insects
Nectar rich flowers invite butterflies and bees.
Naturally along wetlands and marshy areas.
Other uses of Greater Red-Hot Poker
Attractive looking flower in winter and draws many birds and insects to the garden. Has some traditional medicinal properties.