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Red Hot Poker or Torch Lilly

Torch Lilly or Tritoma KniphofiaThis brilliant plant produces a very "hot" looking bloom. There are about 70 species.

This plant is native to Southern and Eastern Africa.

They are both evergreen and deciduous.

Bees love this flower.

Red Hot Pokers love sand, but also grow well in fertile, humus-rich soils. They require full sun or partial shade.

This plant can be propagated by diving the clumps in late spring. Seeds can also be cultivated, but the plant may not be true.

Pokes make a great back drop in flower beds.

Colors will range from red-orange, yellow, half and half, and new cultivars are now pink.

For something zippy in your garden these make for great conversation.