Tritoma uvaria-Red Hot Poker Plant
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The Red Hot Poker, Flame Flower, or Poker Plant is an evergreen perennial growing to 4 feet tall by 2 feet. Easy to grow.
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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.
|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|
|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|
I try to grow all plants organically or hydroponically whenever possible. I do not use chemical pesticides and prefer organic pest control and the use of predatory insects.