Red Hot Pokers are goofy plants.
Folks either love ’em or hate ‘en.
I love ’em.
- The ‘red hot’ blooms remind me of Halloween candy corn from when I was a kid.
- Kniphofia grow happily on our rocky outcrop in very little soil…
with very little moisture…
So they’re super drought tolerant AND low maintenance, too. Win, win!
- They’ve transplanted easily into partial-shade borders. I like plants that are easy to grow.
- Hummingbirds & bees LOVE LOVE LOVE the blooms.
- The deer – – not so much. Our local deer just ignore the Kniphofia 🙂
- Red Hot Pokers, aka Torch Lilies, are pretty much evergreen in Victoria – – unless it snows.
In which case they immediately turn to slime…
Then come up fresh & green again when the weather calms down. That works just fine for me.
The Red Hots I’m most familiar with – – those with the graduated red + orange + yellow on one poker – – bloom in our garden in May.
Last July I saw some blooming in the Government House Gardens. I immediately searched out a few summer bloomers for our place.
They also stayed green through the winter, although they looked a little more dried & messy compared to the May bloomers. Happily they bounced back in the spring sunshine. Now they’re blooming !
The deer have nibbled a couple tender flower spikes, but I’m hoping that’s just curiosity, and they’ll leave the dwarf plants alone from now on. Finger’s crossed.
Isn’t that a Must Have?
Anyone know where I can source some of those??