Red Hot Poker

Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia tabularis

Scientific name

For the Kniphofia genus: a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794.[3] It is native to Africa. Herbaceous species and hybrids have narrow, grass-like leaves 10-100 cm (4-39 in) long, while perennial species have broader, strap-shaped foliage up to 1.5 m (5 ft) long. All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly colored flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees. In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles.

The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th-century German physician and botanist.

References and further reading

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Image credit: Colin Paterson-Jones
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This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #44 Rosebank 50
Site #61 Claremont 5
Total 55

Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Suitable for clay soil

It provides food for:


Southern double-collared sunbird

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