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Kniphofia caulescens
Common Name: Red Hot Poker Family: Asphodelaceae (The Asphodel Family)

Kniphofia caulescens
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A broad-leaved evergreen poker with blue-grey foliage held on a short woody trunk. Coral buds open soft yellow in fall. The colourful Tony Avent says it is 'like a blue octopus after rigor mortis has set in.' You can imagine then that it is an interesting structural addition to the garden and useful as a focal point where you wish to draw the eye.


Geogrpahical Origin:
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 
Hardiness Zone7-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Ajuga reptans "'Black Scallop'"
Deschampsia caespitosa "'Northern Lights'"

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