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Kniphofia ‘Bressingham Comet’
Kniphofia ‘Bressingham Comet’

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Kniphofia uvaria
Kniphofia uvaria

Kniphofia

Red-Hot Poker
Liliaceae
Perennials

Dense clumps of grasslike, finely toothed foliage produce bare stems topped by nodding, tubular flowers in tight, overlapping clusters. Flowering stems look like glowing pokers or torches, hence the common name. Blossoms open from bottom to top over the course of several days, changing color as they mature. Increasing numbers of species—mostly from South Africa—are now grown in gardens and hybridized. The old 3-ft.-high forms of Kniphofia uvaria in shades of coral orange and yellow have given way to kinds with blooms ranging from coral red through every conceivable shade of orange, peach, and yellow to near-white and light green, on plants varying in size from 1 1/2-ft. dwarfs to 6-ft. giants. The flowers attract hummingbirds.

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