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Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’

Red hot poker plant

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyXanthorrhoeaceaeAloes, many tropical plants, flax lilies, daylilies, many others
GenusKniphofiaNamed after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof (1704-1763), a German botanist, professor of medicine and author of a work of botanical illustrations
Cultivar‘Nancy’s Red’

About plant names...

This cultivar of the red hot poker is not found in the wild. Red hot pokers are members of the lily family.

Identification: Half the size of the natural plants, this cultivar is 18-24" (45-60 cm) in height, and about 12-18" (30-45 cm) around. Leaves are long and narrow, up to 12" (30 cm) × ⅝" (1.8 cm), like a tuft of grass. Oval-shaped flowerheads form on a stalk at the center of each plant. They are composed of hundreds of tubular flowers, typically entirely a coral red color, sometimes becoming more orange at the bottom. As they flowers age, their tips open to reveal yellow tips. The flowers are favorites of hummingbirds.

Online References:

The Digging Dog Nursery

San Marcos Growers

The Missouri Botanical Garden


Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s (red hot poker plant)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Range: Zones 6-10:

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