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Kniphofia Poco Orange (Red Hot Poker)

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Bred for a compact habit, Kniphofia ‘Poco Orange’ is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial boasting spikes of tubular, orange, and apricot flowers from mid-summer to early fall. Blooming in succession, the flower spikes are borne on stout flowering scapes which rise above a neat tufted clump of short, linear strap-like leaves. Great for small gardens or for a mass effect in the border. Evergreen in mild winter areas.

  • Grows up to 14-20 in. tall (35-50 cm) and 16 in. wide (40 cm). This Red Hot Poker enjoys a sturdy stem. However, some protection from strong winds would be recommended.
  • This rhizomatous perennial performs best in full sun, in a sandy soil that has been enriched with humus. However, any deep, moist but well-drained soil will do. It can tolerate partial shade, but flowering will be reduced. Good drainage is essential to prevent crown rot.
  • Drought, deer, and rabbit tolerant, Kniphofias attract butterflies and are a favorite of hummingbirds.
  • Virtually disease free
  • Kniphofias provide interesting vertical accents in the garden, among other summer-blooming perennials. They look at their best with Achillea (yarrows), Helenium Autumnale (sneezeweed), Hemerocallis (daylilies), and Rudbeckia (coneflowers).
  • While primarily used in perennial borders, Red Hot Pokers are also well suited to naturalistic settings, water edges, or exotic style combinations. Plant them in front of an evergreen background, or as a stand-alone specimen – and be sure they will draw the attention of all onlookers. Never plant your Red Hot Pokers with their crown deeper than 3 in. (7 cm).
  • Remove spent flower spikes to encourage more blooms and protect their crowns in winter in hardiness zone 6.
  • The foliage tends to suffer in the winter months. You may want to tie foliage together in the fall to prevent water from entering the crown of the plant. Alternatively, you may cut the foliage off at the base in late fall.
  • Should be planted in the spring or in the fall.
  • Propagate by division of established clumps in late spring.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Kniphofia
Common names Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" - 18"
(40cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Kniphofia
Common names Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" - 18"
(40cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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