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Tritoma uvaria-Red Hot Poker Plant

(Tritoma uvaria)

Tritoma uvaria-Red Hot Poker Plant- also named Kniphofia Aloides, the Red Hot Poker, Flame Flower, or Poker Plant is an evergreen perennial growing to 4 feet tall by 2 feet. It is native to South Africa.

It developes upright clusters of many tubular flowers, 1 to 2 inches long, borne on tall stems that look like pokers. The leafless stems which arise from a rhizomatous plant, from August to September. It flowers from the bottom upward, and the bright orange flowers fade to yellowish green as they senesce, resulting in a two toned spike with orange flowers at the top and yellowish ones below. The flowers are hermaphrodite, they have both male and female organs.

Details:

Other Names:Kniphofia aloides, Red Hot Poker Plant and Flame Flower
Flowers:bright orange and yellow flowers
Foliage:It is in leaf all year. Leaves in basal rosette, linear, grasslike, to 40 cm long, 2 cm broad, partially folded, appearing entire but with minute, sharp teeth along the margins
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:4 feet tall
Diameter:2 feet wide
Heirloom:no
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:5 to 10
Soil:The plant prefers light, sandy and medium, loamy soils. It prefers a well drained soil, with plenty of moisture in Spring and Summer.
Sun:Likes sun or afternoon shade.
Water:Likes plenty of moisture in Spring and Summer

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