Kniphofia uvaria
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Kniphofia uvaria

torch lily
red-hot poker

  family aloaceae 
  genus kniphofia 

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Genus  Kniphofia Species  uvaria Variety  Cultivar  Common names  torch lily   red-hot poker   tritoma Family  ALOACEAE Specimen number  S11743 Data source  HtZn p131;HumGrdn p59
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 04,29 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Kniphofia uvaria has flowers that hummingbirds love to feed on. Torch lily (also known as tritoma and red-hot poker) can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Kniphofia uvaria is thought to originate from South Africa.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Kniphofia uvaria is a perennial. Flowers: Torch lily (locally known in some parts as tritoma and red-hot poker) has distinctive clusters of slender, tubular blossoms on erect stems that emerge red at tip and fade to yellow at base. Flowers are often found in such colors as red, orange or yellow, with an accent in yellow.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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