Kniphofia – Orange Blaze Red Hot Poker
An explosion of orange lights up the garden when Orange Blaze Red Hot poker, Kniphofia, begins its fiery show. The brilliant orange blossoms are densely packed onto the flower spike, and appear over a long time in summer. Orange Blaze Red Hot Poker adds a dramatic and tropical look to gardens and containers. A compact grower compared to most others, it matures to 2′ tall and wide, making it a top choice for smaller gardens.
Use Orange Blaze Red Hot Poker in perennial, pollinator, and cottage gardens. With attractive mounds of slender, arching leaf blades it brings considerable interest to the garden and containers. Absolutely fantastic in large waves, however, Orange Blaze Red Hot Poker makes a striking specimen plant. The spiky flowers and upright habit create unique drama in the landscape. Grass-like foliage provides fantastic textural contrast to bold-leaved perennials, like Hibiscus. The huge blossoms are adored by hummingbirds and butterflies. Also known as Torch Lily. A member of the outstanding Pyromania Collection of Kniphofia. Unlike older varieties that only bloom for a short time, this collection of Kniphofia reblooms, extending the color late into the season.
This tough plant is easy to grow and is not fussy about soil, even growing in poor soil. Orange Blaze 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.