Kniphofia uvaria 'GRANDIFLORA'

Kniphofia uvaria
Kniphofia uvaria 'GRANDIFLORA'
torch lily, red hot poker
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.6-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS combined:yellow a red
BLOOMING TIME June - August
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Grandiflora is a rather robust torch lily variety, similar to Flamenco. It bears dense, fat, narrowly ovate, spike-like inflorescence composed of small, glossy, tubular flowers. They are yellow at the bottom, orange in the middle, and most of the spike till the top is covered with rich saffron red flowers. They open from late June and strong and old plants can continue flowering until late August.

Stems are fleshy but strong, almost one meter tall, and hold flowers firmly without breaking in strong winds. Strap-like or sword-like leaves are narrow, upright, mid green.

Torch lily is perfect for modern and exotic landscapes and will also fit in mixed perennial borders where its vertical accent will beautifully contrast with other arching or mound-forming plants. It is not ideal for growing in pots – first due to the roots, and secondly it is not very aesthetical.

Grow it in full sun only, in humus-rich, moist but free-draining soil. Fertilizing is beneficial from early summer but is not necessary. It is hardy to about -27 °C if mulched, protecting the clump with a layer of fir branches is recommended for zone 6 winters. Tie up the clump before winter to prevent the crown from excess moisture. Protect newly emerging stems with flower buds against slugs.

Last update 16-07-2021
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  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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