Red-Hot Poker, Torch Lily
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.
Native to South Africa’s eastern Cape. To 4 ft. tall and wide, with keeled green leavesthat remain evergreen only in mildest part of range. The inflorescence is more egg-shaped than spherical, yellow at the very bottom and orange above; blooms in winter.
Bushy dwarf1 1/2–2 ft. high, 2 1/2 ft. wide.Dark green, needlelike leaves;twisted branches.
Very slowly forms a dense mound to about 2 ft. high and 5 ft. wide (taller in the Pacific Northwest). ...
Native along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Northern California. Grows fairly quickly to 20–35...