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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 louder colors, are more suitable to modern schemes, but are just as hardy and reliable. The thick, almost succulent leaf blades are mostly evergreen, and of interest even when the cylindrical flower spikes are absent. Heat and drought tolerant.

When we came across this extraordinary Kniphofia in Patricia Marrow’s garden in Somerset, England, it was mysteriously unlabeled. Stout, bronzy flowering stems with lime-colored buds rise above rosettes of narrow grayish green foliage. Lively and large, the greenish yellow blooms are tipped with a dusky melon color, and eventually fade to creamy white from the base up.

Blend with Nepeta ‘Pool Bank’, Cistus ‘Anne Palmer’ and Euphorbia ‘Great Dixter’ for a vibrant spectrum of color.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our featured plant: Cistus x aguilarii ‘Maculatus’

Looking for Wintertime Botanical Inspiration? Our 2020 catalog is available!

Create winter intigue with decidious and evergreen shrubs or trees.

Woody plants tend to add a sense of structure and permanence to our gardens. They can be planted as specimens or in swaths. Many of them offer artful bark, branching patterns, year-round foliage, swelling buds or cold-weather blooms, promoting welcome winter allure. Please be sure to check out our on-line shrub and tree selections.

Looking for more botanical inspiration...

and who isn’t on a chilly mid-January day? I certainly was, as I strolled through the nursery and garden with a steaming mug of Oolong tea and my trusty canine companion, Boobah in tow. Almost immediately I was pleasantly surprised to spot the Hellebores. Bejeweling the winter garden, their marvelous single or double-petaled blooms yield an array of colors that include chartreuse, sparkling white, pink, smoky plum, and a rich nearly black maroon. Apart from the Hellebores, I came upon the plump berries, glistening evergreen foliage and winter flowers that are featured in this newsletter. We hope you find a healthy dose of January cheer!

All of us plant wranglers at the nursery, along with Boobah, our wee greeter and self-appointed nursery manager, and shy kitty, Parker, wish you countless happy hours digging in a garden of your own! 

 

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