Red-Hot Poker, Torch Lily
Although these hybrids involve several species, they generally share the narrow leaves and summer bloom season of K. uvaria. A distinct departure is ‘Christmas Cheer’, a hybrid of vigorous species K. rooperi.
‘Alcazar’. Dark, bronzy stems grow to 3 1/2 ft., with brick red flowers that age to pinkish orange.
‘Border Ballet’. Buds are a soft, dusty coral pink opening to cream blooms. Stems reach 4–4 1/2 ft.
‘Bressingham Comet’. Stems grow to 2 ft. high; flower clusters are orange with a yellow base.
‘Christmas Cheer’. Zones 19–24. Brilliant orange buds open to deep gold flowers on 4–5-ft. stems. Blooms fall through late spring in mild-winter areas, fall until frost elsewhere. Give it room; leaves (to 5 ft. long and 2 in. wide) become lax and collapse on the ground, smothering any plants in their way. Clump increases rapidly to 6–8 ft. or more across. Divide in early summer after flowering stops.
‘Cobra’. Stems grow to 3–4 ft. tall. Flower clusters are orange at the top, fading through peach to creamy white at the base.
Flamenco. Seed-grown strain that blooms the first year in early autumn, in subsequent years in summer. Flower colors range from coral through orange and yellow to creamy white. Stems grow to 2 1/2 ft. high.
‘Little Maid’. Thin, grassy leaves and narrow flower stems to 2 ft. high. Creamy white blossoms open from buds in buff-tinted pale yellow.
‘Nancy’s Red’. Zones 4–9, 14–24. Grows to 2 ft. high and wide, with semievergreen, grassy leaves that give rise to coral-red flowers in early to midsummer.
‘Percy’s Pride’. Grows to 4 ft. tall, with green-tinted yellow buds opening cream.
‘Primrose Beauty’. Grows to 3 ft. high, with blossoms in clear light yellow.
‘Shining Scepter’. Plant sold in North America under this name is 3 ft. high, with tangerine-orange flowers; the English original is 4 ft. tall, with pale yellow buds opening ivory.
‘Toffee Nosed’. Stems grow to 2 ft., with flower spikes that are creamy white at the base and tawny orange at the top.
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