Kniphofia porphyrantha

Poker, Torch lily, Tritoma


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Our mama plants were collected by Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanic Garden and it is truly one of the finest Red Hot Pokers. If we had to choose just one Poker, this would be among the ten or 15 we would have to have. Stout gray-green leaves and chunky often reblooming salmon and yellow flowers. The leaves gives this a bold look which is perfect in those gardens wanting a tropical feel. One thing that we really like about this is that it is a deciduous species so a quick cutback and you are good to go in the spring. Panayoti remembers the plants in the wild being a solid color so the bicolor is curious. The seedlings come true so it is one of those things that makes plants interesting.


Plant Type

  • Perennial / Bulb

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Moderate
  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Summer
  • Deer Resistant Plants