Plant Base Online (beta)

botanical name:
Kniphofia uvaria
Kniphofia uvaria © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Red-hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma
synonyms:  Kniphofia aloides
family:  Asphodelaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 1.75m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Robust evergreen perennial with arching, linear, pointed leaves. Bold spikes of orange-red flowers, ageing to yellow, borne on sturdy stems from summer to early autumn.

Reasonably fertile, moist, well drained, preferably sandy soil in full sun. Tolerates a little light shade.

From seed or by division of clumps

other notes:
Native to South Africa, occasionally naturalised in other mild climate areas.

This was the first species introduced into Britain, around 1700.
Deeproot tree logo

You can also install Plant Base on your computer:

  • self contained application
  • more features
  • update and add records
  • larger and higher quality pictures
  • fast and efficient
  • always available, no connection needed
  • Windows, Mac and Android

details ...