Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia spp.)
Red Hot Poker Plant FeaturesIt's pretty obvious where kniphofia got its common name, red hot poker. This tough-as-nails, sun-loving perennial produces tall spikes of red, yellow, or bi-colored flowers in mid- to late summer. Red hot poker's flowers are also nectar-rich so they will draw butterflies and hummingbirds from miles around. Plus, even when not in bloom, the lance-shaped foliage of red hot poker adds interest and texture in the garden. In the northern part of its range, red hot poker is evergreen, adding color to your garden even in the drabbest months. Red hot poker grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is rabbit and deer resistant. Hardy from zones 5-9.
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Red Hot Poker Growing InstructionsPlant red hot poker in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. Red hot poker is not fussy about soil type, but prefers life on the dry side so keep it away from poorly drained locations. Clip away the flower stalks after they fade.
Red Hot Poker is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Medium water needs
Complement your Red Hot PokerCoreopsis
Coreopsis thrives in hot, dry conditions and its yellow blooms blend well with the bright flowers of Red Hot Poker.
Tall Artemisia varieties make a good partner for Red Hot Poker because the gray leaves are very complementary.
The bold daisy-like flowers of Coneflower provide a colorful contrast to the spiky flower stalks of Red Hot Poker.