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Kniphofia caulescens (Red Hot Poker)

It’s quite difficult to identify many of these Red Hot Pokers but not this one. The leaves are distinctly blue (glaucous) with a V cross section, it forms a nice little trunk and the flower is stubby – not tall but nice and stocky. Yellow and red. Cleaning up Kniphofias is often a bit of a challenge but this one just needs the old brown leaves removed to form the trunk.

They like masses of light, reasonably well drained soil and moisture deep down.

Propagated by micropropagation.

Hardiness traffic light green

Hardiness level Green

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.