Red Hot Poker

The Red Hot Poker is native to Madagascar and Africa. It is also called Kniphofia, the Torch lily, and the Poker plant. It is a genus of plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae – subfamily Asphodeloideae. The plant grows to a height of 1-1.5m. The plants produce spikes of hanging, red-to-orange flowers which have flowering spikes of pale yellow, ivory, apricot, orange and red. All have long, sword-like basal leaves. 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.
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Red Hot Poker

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