at Digging Dog
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.
Alcazar is a Spanish translation of the Arabic word for castle, and this luscious Kniphofia deserves royal treatment for its splendid show. From a nest of lancelike leaves, chartreuse-tinted buds elongate on thick, bronzy stems to form majestic tapered spires of a dark rosy terracotta, which age to a rich salmon-orange. Pair with Cardoon for a lively tango of color and form.
Size: 3-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.
Kniphofia ‘Alcazar’ (p-0806)
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AVAILABLE SPRING 2018
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