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Common Name: Red Hot Poker
Kniphofia uvaria is a Evergreen Perennial up to 2.00 metres tall.
It has uses.
Damp slopes and marshy ground[
Prefers a light sandy soil with plenty of moisture in spring and summer[
]. Prefers a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in maritime exposure[
Not fully hardy in colder winters, it is best to give the plant some protection in the winter[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[
Commonly grown in the flower garden[
], it is a good plant for attracting butterflies and moths[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[
]. The seed usually germinates in 2 months at 15°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring as new growth commences. Do not allow the plants to become dry either before or after planting[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.