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Kniphofia ‘Timothy’
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Kniphofia

Torch Lily or Red Hot Poker

“Red Hot Poker” is the local nickname for these bold, handsome natives of Madagascar and tropical South Africa. Brought to England in 1707, they were kept as greenhouse treasures until 1848, when someone had the bright idea of planting them outdoors, and their abiding hardiness was discovered.

The old-fashioned orange and yellow form has survived years of neglect in abandoned gardens here on the coast; the new hybrids and species we offer, in versatile creamy yellows, chartreuses, soft melons and bolder colors, are more suitable to modern schemes, but are just as hardy and reliable. The thick, almost succulent leaf blades are evergreen, and of interest even when the cylindrical flower spikes are absent. Heat and drought tolerant.

Kniphofia ‘Timothy’ full sun

The long summer-time parade of stunning sunset-laden blooms poised on stately 4 ft. tall bronze-soaked stalks undoubtedly earned ‘Timothy’ a coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit. Grounded by neat narrow-leafed low clumps, this highly acclaimed cold-hardy Kniphofia brandishes dark coral pink torches, which turn cream with age and look fabulous when planted near Lavandula ‘Purple Ellagance’, Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ and Aster ‘Bluebird’

Blooms July-September

Size: 4' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Kniphofia ‘Timothy’ (P-1735)
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