Kniphofia – Jackpot Red Hot Poker
Looking for that plant that screams “LOOK AT ME?” Jackpot Red Hot poker, Kniphofia, is it. This winner electrifies the garden with bright reddish-orange flowers that first open yellow for a bicolor effect. The brilliant flowers top a large mound of grass-like, green foliage. After the first flush of flowers, Jackpot Red Hot Poker will continue to rebloom with new flower spikes, staying in bloom for most of the summer. Its attractive 3′ tall mounds of slender, arching leaf blades bring considerable interest to the garden and large containers.
Use Jackpot Red Hot Poker as a dramatic centerpiece in the garden, as a magnificent container specimen, or as a striking hedge. It stands out in perennial, pollinator, cutting, and cottage gardens. Its huge blossoms are adored by hummingbirds and butterflies. Also known as Torch Lily.
This tough plant is easy to grow and is not fussy about soil, even growing in poor soil. Jackpot Red Hot Poker tolerates heat and drought and is distasteful to deer and rabbits. It makes an excellent cut flower.
Plant in full sun. Although drought-tolerant, for best blooming keep well watered when the plant is setting up buds and blooming. Plant benefits from good soakings during dry spells.