Kniphofia Uvaria ‘Royal Castle’ Hybrids,
Red Hot Poker, zones 5-10
This is an impressive perennial native to the high grassy slopes of South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains. It has sword-shaped leaves, tall stems, and unique bottle brush flowers that have colors changing white to yellow then orange and finally red, and all colors can appear at once because 2 or 3 flowers can develop on a single bloom stalk. The tubular flowers of are very attractive to hummingbirds.It looks its best when grown in clumps or planted with daylilies or echinops, and its stately flowers provide a dramatic display, when grown in a space where the entire plant is visible. It looks fabulous when are planted directly in front of an evergreen background, or as a stand alone specimen. Drought and heat tolerant once established.
Sun Exposure: full sun, afternoon shade or light shade
Soil Moisture: Evenly moist while blooming but dryish in winter. Ensure plant is well watered in first year. Once established is drought tolerant
Care level: easy (remove stalks of spent flowers at base)
Flower color: yellow, orange, red
Bloom time: late spring to mid summer
Foliage Color: green
Uses and Characteristics: accent: good texture and form, spiky swordlike foliage, specimen, massed, back of border, drought tolerant, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, deer and rabbit resistant, cut flower, tall
Flower head size: large
Height: 36-40 inches Width: 24 inches
Growth Rate: medium
Propagation: By division in early spring Clumps are long lived in the right site so best to leave them alone unless you need to move them.
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