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Kniphofia

 

(also Tritoma), a genus of perennial radiciform herbaceous plants of the family Liliaceae. The leaves are radical, long, and narrow. The scape is straight, with an elongated spicate or racemous inflorescence. The perianth is gamophyllous and sometimes fleshy, with a long cylindrical or bell-shaped tube and a short fold. The fruit is a capsule. There are more than 70 species, distributed in the subtropical and tropical regions of southern Africa and East Africa and on the island of Madagascar. Many species are ornamentals and are grown in greenhouses or outdoors. They are not resistant to cold. The most successfully grown species is Kniphofia uvaria, or Tritoma uvaria. The flowers of this tall species are coral-red during blossoming; they gradually turn orange and, finally, yellowish green. Hybrid forms and varieties of Kniphofia are usually cultivated.

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If the taller Kniphofias are too much like exclamation marks, then try the much shorter, primrose white 'Little Maid'.
Named kniphofias seldom surface in garden centres, but good mail-order nurseries usually offer a wide selection.
Try Kniphofia "Brimstone" for a rich yellowy-orange colour or, if you want something rather smaller, how about "Little Maid", which has ivory flower spikes, topped with a warm yellowish tint and reaching a height of only 2ft (60cm)?
And of course, you shouldn't forget those nostalgic reminders of everyone's childhood, red hot pokers, otherwise known as kniphofias.
The marginally-hardy types such as kniphofias (red hot pokers) will actually generate more work, especially if you live in a cold area, because of the protection they need in the autumn.
Hybrids of both are available in other colours oriental poppies in white or pink and kniphofias in shades of red, orange, salmon, yellow and cream.
In our garden, such plants would be kniphofias (red hot pokers), penstemons and Chrinodendron hookerianum, a lovely Chilean shrub with flowers like little scarlet lanterns.