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Kniphofia rooperi (AGM)


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Description
Kniphofia rooperi provides a superb patch of brilliant colour, when many of the other hot coloured subjects are beginning to fade. They are at their best during late September and October and even early November, or until struck down by a particularly hard frost. This is a clump forming plant with broad, sword-shaped, evergreen foliage, arranged in arching rosettes. The flowers, borne in mid to late autumn are orange-red becoming orange-yellow and egg-shaped. These are borne well above the foliage and are attractive to bees.


Kniphofia, also sometimes called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily or poker plant, is a genus of plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, that includes 70 or more species native to Africa. Some species have been commercially used horticulturally, and are commonly known for their bright, rocket-shaped flowers. These plants produce spikes of upright, brightly-colored, red-to-orange flowers. This gives names such as "torch" and "red hot poker" to many of them. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and may attract many insect species. The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th century German physician and botanist. Kniphofia rooperi has a strong architectural quality and is ideally suited to hot colour-themed gardens. Later flowering than some of the other red-hot pokers. 


Main Features
 
Type Perennial Hardiness Fully Hardy
Flower Colour Red Size (H xW) 120 x 90cm
Flowering Season Autumn Pot Size 9cm
Foliage Green Growth Rate Medium Growing
Foliage Type Evergreen Soil PH Neutral
Soil Type Well Drained AGM
Position Full Sun Habit Clump Forming
 
 
Cultivation Notes
Plant Kniphofia rooperi in any well drained fertile garden soil, avoiding heavy clay or wet soils, which can cause rotting off during the winter months. Plant in a sheltered, sunny position in the garden, for best results. Divide congested material and replant in autumn; cut back dead foliage in autumn and mulch every few years to improve soil fertility. Grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6 (acidic ranges from 5.6 to 6) to 7.8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to loam, sand, clay loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers high fertility.
 
Uses: Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out' plant; Suitable for exposed coastal planting; Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils. Late flowering.

Pruning \ Aftercare
: Remove faded flower stems.