Kniphofia – Rocket’s Red Glare Red Hot Poker
As dramatic as the song it was named after Rocket’s Red Glare Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia, brings huge blossoms that start out with red hot buds that open to deep peach blossoms. These magnificent blossoms top tall 3′ tall stems for a long time in summer. Its attractive mounds of slender, arching leaf blades brings considerable interest to the garden and large containers.
Use Rocket’s Red Glare 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.
This tough plant is easy to grow and is not fussy about soil, even growing in poor soil. Rocket’s Red Glare Red Hot Poker tolerates heat and drought and is distasteful to deer and rabbit. It makes an excellent cut flower.
Plant in full sun. Although drought tolerant, for best blooming keep well watered when plant is setting up buds and blooming. Plant benefits from good soakings during dry spells.