Kniphofia uvaria (L.) Oken
Red hot poker, torch lily, redhot poker
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Liliopsida||Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family|
|Subclass||Liliidae||Includes lilies, orchids, and many others|
|Order||Asparagales||A diverse group that includes asparagus|
|Family||Xanthorrhoeaceae||Aloes, many tropical plants, flax lilies, daylilies, many others|
|Genus||Kniphofia||Named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof (1704-1763), a German botanist, professor of medicine and author of a work of botanical illustrations|
|Species||uvaria||From the Latin uva for a bunch of grapes|
About plant names...
This stunning South African native is gradually becoming naturalized in California. They are members of the lily family. The genus Kniphofia is named for a German physician and botanist, Johann Hieronymus Kniphof.
Identification: Plants reach 3-4' (91-121 cm) in height, and are
24-36" (60-91 cm) around. (There are many larger and smaller cultivars as well, such as ‘Nancy’s Red’.)
Leaves are long and narrow, up to 24" (60 cm) × 1" (2.5 cm), like a tuft of large grass.
Large oval-shaped flowerheads form on a stalk in the center of each plant. Unbelievably cool
flowerheads are composed of
hundreds of tubular flowers, red on top, grading through orange to yellow on the bottom.
The flowers are favorites of hummingbirds.
From Edwards’s Botanical Register; Consisting of Coloured Figures of Exotic Plants Cultivated in British Gardens; with their History and Mode of Treatment. London 21: t. 1745, as Tritoma burchellii.
Kniphofia uvaria on Calflora
Kniphofia uvaria in Paghat's Garden
Kniphofia uvaria at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Kniphofia uvaria on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Kniphofia uvaria on CalPhotos
Kniphofia uvaria description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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8/27/2007 · Shore Acres State Park, Cape Arago, Oregon
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 24 cm)
2/16/2007 · San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego, California
Range: Zones 5-10:
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