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Kniphofia northiae
Common Name: Broadleaf Poker Family: Asphodelaceae (The Asphodel Family)

This bold and exotic evergreen poker is my favourite. Unlike other red hot pokers that have fine, somewhat disheveled leaves, this species sports broad bluish green architectural foliage with dramatic effect. An early summer bloomer, the thick spikes offer huge cones of fiery flowers to five feet. It will bloom at the same time as bearded iris and Allium ‘Globemaster’.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Africa - Southern Africa and Madagascar

Native Habitat:
High elevation plateaus above 2865 m that are often boggy in the wet summer months.

ClassEvergreen Primary Bloom ColourOrange
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom ColourYellow
Height2-4' Bloom TimeEarly Summer
Spread2-3' FragranceNo
Light ExposureSun Foliage ColourBluish Green
Soil MoistureMoist Average Stem Colour
Hardiness7-10 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Geranium cinereum ‘Purple Pillow’
Allium ‘Globemaster’
Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’

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