Kniphofia sarmentosa (Andrews) Kunth.

Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae

Genus: Kniphofia

Category: Bulb

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: To 24" tall

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Linear foliage. Red flowers changing to buff, blooms in late winter. Creeping rootstock - spreads by runners.

From Bot. Repos. (Aletris sarmentosa) ...from being planted in a light, rich foil, it may be made to grow to the height of three feet; with a spike of flowers, one fourth the length of the flower-stem.


Published in Enum. Pl. (Kunth) 4: 552 in 1843.

Basionym Kniphofia sarmentosa Andrews.

From Bot. Repos. (Aletris sarmentosa) This species of Aletris was introduced to us, from the Cape of Good Hope, about the year 1789;


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