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Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’

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Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’
Description

Kniphofia ‘Nancy's Red' is a compact variety of 'Red Hot Poker' or 'Torch Lily' that typically grows to 60cm tall and flowers in mid-summer. It is an upright, clump-forming and unusually rhizomatous perennial. From a basal tuft of course, sword-shaped, bluish-green linear leaves rises a succession of flower spikes featuring dense, drooping, tubular, coral-red flowers.


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-coloured, 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.

 

Cultivation Notes
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
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Perfect for sunny, perennial borders or grown in amongst mixed shrub plantings. Plants as a specimen or as small groups in the perennial border.

Pruning \ Aftercare
: Remove faded flowers