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Kniphofia ‘Creamsicle’ (Red Hot Poker)

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Kniphofia ‘Creamsicle’ offers a softer, more subtle color option for lovers of Red Hot Pokers. Its compact size and charming blooms make it an excellent choice for a variety of garden styles, especially those seeking to attract pollinators.

Kniphofia ‘Creamsicle’: An In-depth Look

Kniphofia ‘Creamsicle’ is a delightful cultivar of the Red Hot Poker, known for its soft-colored blooms and garden-friendly size. It stands out with its creamy orange flower spikes, resembling the popular frozen treat. This variety is appreciated for its softer color palette compared to the more intense hues of traditional Red Hot Pokers.

Native: While the Kniphofia genus is native to Africa, ‘Creamsicle’ is a horticultural cultivar bred for specific garden characteristics, such as its vivid flower color and growth habit.

Plant Type and Habit: This herbaceous perennial exhibits a clump-forming habit with upright flower spikes that emerge from a base of slender, grass-like leaves.

Size: It reaches a modest height of about 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) and a spread of around 16 inches (40 cm), making it suitable for smaller garden spaces or borders.

Flowers: The flower spikes of ‘Creamsicle’ display a gradient of color, starting with a creamy yellow at the base and transitioning to a soft orange at the top. They typically blooms from early summer to fall, offering a long-lasting display of color.

Foliage: Features narrow, green, linear leaves that form a dense clump, providing a lush backdrop for the flower spikes.

Uses: Ideal for perennial borders, cottage gardens, and mixed beds. It’s also a charming addition to pollinator gardens and works well in smaller landscape areas.

Hardiness: It is hardy in USDA zones 6-9, tolerating a range of climates

Toxicity: There is no significant toxicity reported for humans or animals.

Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.

Deer and Rabbit: It’s relatively resistant to deer and rabbits.

Drought: While it appreciates regular watering, it is moderately drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for various garden settings.

Invasiveness: Not considered invasive; maintains a manageable clump-forming growth habit.

Benefits: Adds vibrant color and vertical interest to gardens, attracts beneficial wildlife, and is relatively low-maintenance.

Red Hot Poker Growing Tips

Light: Thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. It can tolerate light shade but may produce fewer flowers. Needs protection from strong winds.

Soil: Prefers well-draining soil; tolerant of a range of soil types. Soil pH can be neutral to slightly acidic.

Water: Requires regular watering, especially during dry spells. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings to prevent root rot.

Fertilizer: Feed them with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to encourage strong growth and flowering.

Pruning: Deadhead spent flower spikes to encourage more blooms. Cut back foliage in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Propagation: Propagate by dividing clumps in spring or fall.

Mulching: Mulch around the plants to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds. However, be careful not to mulch too heavily around the plant’s crown, as this can lead to rot.

Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to pests and diseases. Watch for aphids, thrips, slugs, and snails. Root rot can be an issue in poorly drained soils.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asphodelaceae
Genus Kniphofia
Common names Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asphodelaceae
Genus Kniphofia
Common names Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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