Kniphofia uvaria Liliaceae
Red-Hot Poker, Torchlily nee-FOF-ee-a oo-VAH-ree-a
- Herbaceous evergreen perennial, 2-6 ft (0.6-1.8 m) tall, depending upon the cultivar. Leaves gray-green, sword shaped, 90 x 2.5 cm, often keeled and abrasive along the margins, sharpley pointed. Two toned spike-like clusters of bright, short-stalked flowers, 2.5-5 cm, red in bud maturing to yellow or orange.
- Sun to part shade, valuable in borders and among shrubs. After flowers senesce leaves decline and become an eyesore, cut foliage back half way to improve appearance (Armitage, p. 322).
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to the damp grasslands of South Africa.
- Kniphofia uvaria is one of the parents of the many hybrid Kniphofia now available, and these have mostly replaced this species in gardens.
- Kniphofia: after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof (1704-56), German botanist. uvaria: like a bunch of grapes.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: front of Benton Hall.