Red Hot Poker, Tritoma, Kniphofia

When Mama grew them, she called them Tritoma. Brother Mack called them Red Hot Pokers which they do resemble. In some gardening circles they were considered vulgar. I think they are beautiful. My nephew rescued me a piece from Mack’s garden.


Native to South Africa, they need excellent drainage in winter and ample water in summer.

A closer look. The infloresence on these are the familiar orange color. Hybrids come in stunning shades of yellow and green as well as orange.

They’re easily divided. A new plant will grow from a stem and piece of root.


1 Comment

  1. Nell Jean – I like Red Hot Pokers, too. I’m on my second attempt at growing them from seed.

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