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Kniphofia ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’ (Red Hot Poker)

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Kniphofia ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’ is a visually impressive plant, perfect for gardeners looking to add a touch of drama with its fiery red spikes. Its adaptability and ease of care make it a favorite among gardeners seeking to enhance their landscape with a low-maintenance yet striking perennial.

Kniphofia ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’: An In-depth Look

Kniphofia ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’ is an eye-catching cultivar in the Red Hot Poker family, notable for its vibrant blooms and garden appeal. It is celebrated for its tall, fiery red flower spikes that resemble a rocket’s tail. This cultivar stands out with its bright, long-lasting blooms and lush, grass-like foliage.

Native: While Kniphofia itself is native to Africa, ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’ is a cultivated variety, bred for specific garden characteristics.

Plant Type and Habit: This herbaceous perennial is characterized by its clump-forming habit. It features upright flower spikes emerging from a base of arching, linear leaves.

Size: It reaches about 30-36 inches in height (75-90 cm), with the flower spikes potentially extending taller. The spread is usually around 18-24 inches (45-60 cm).

Flowers: It features showy flower spikes with a gradient of color, typically starting creamy white at the base and transitioning to vibrant red towards the top. Flowers for many weeks beginning in early to midsummer, offering a season-long display of color.

Foliage: Features narrow, green, grass-like leaves that form a tidy, dense clump at the base of the flower spikes.

Uses: Perfect for borders, cottage gardens, and as an eye-catching element in mixed beds. Also popular for cut flower arrangements due to the long-lasting nature of the blooms.

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: Moderately drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering during dry spells.

Invasiveness: Not considered invasive; it’s well-behaved in the garden setting.

Benefits: Offers vibrant color, vertical interest, and is relatively low-maintenance. Attracts beneficial pollinators.

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)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, 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)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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