Common name: Red hot poker, Torch lily
Native to: South Africa
Red-hot pokers are grown in temperate gardens around the world. Ranging in colour from reds, oranges through yellow to lime green and cream, numerous cultivars and hybrids have been developed from species originating in South Africa. They bear dense, erect spikes (elongated inflorescence with stalkless flowers) above the level of the leaves in either winter or summer depending on the species. The small, tubular flowers are produced in shades of red, orange, yellow and cream.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun
Flowers: Showy, top flowers red, bottom flowers yellow, drooping tubular inflorescence
Growth habit: Upright, clump-forming
Hardiness: Hardy, drought resistant
Height: Up to 1 metre
Spread: Up to 1 metre
Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils; intolerant of wet, heavy soils
Uses: Specimen, small groups or mass in the perennial border for colour and form. Great for small garden spaces.