Red Hot Poker
Herb: Red Hot Poker
Latin name: Kniphofia uvaria
Synonyms: Kniphofia aloides
Description of the plant:
(6 1/2 foot)
Habitat of Red Hot Poker:Damp slopes and marshy ground
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 2 months at 15°C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring as new growth commences. Do not allow the plants to become dry either before or after planting. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Cultivation of Red Hot Poker:Damp slopes and marshy ground
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Kniphofia uvaria:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.