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KNIPHOFIA

KNIPHOFIA

ASPHODELACEAE

 

Red-hot Poker or Torch Lily generally have rather untidy foliage, so are grown predominately for the striking flowers. They produce spikes of densely packed tubular flowers, usually in shades of green or yellow, through orange, to red. 

There are about 70 species, which grow mainly in the mountains and upland grasslands of South Africa. There are also some species native to Ethiopia, Madagascar and Arabia.

They must have well-drained soil, as they will not tolerate waterlogging during the winter. However, they do require plenty of water during the growing season. Full sun is ideal.