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Red-Hot Poker

Kniphofia uvaria

Also known as

Poker plant, Common torch lily, Torch lily

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a Kniphofia uvaria plant with red and yellow flowers
A close up of a Kniphofia uvaria plant with red and yellow flowers
Some Kniphofia uvaria plants with red and yellow flowers in a garden
A Kniphofia uvaria plant with red and yellow flowers
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Red-Hot Poker Overview

Kniphofia uvaria is an evergreen perennial with straight, grass-like leaves measuring around 60cm in length. Flowers form from red buds, these are between 3-4cm across, opening to orange blooms, which fade to yellow with age and height down the stem. Typically these are produced at a height of around 1.2m. The cultivar Kniphofia 'Nobilis' has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. It has a longer flower stem, measuring between 1.5-2m in height and a longer flowering period compared to this species, blooming from late summer through autumn.

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

Drought resistant

Other uses of Red-Hot Poker

Cutting bed, mixed borders. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

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