Kniphofia caulescens Tiffindel Cold Hardy

Tiffindell Cold Hardy Poker

This high elevation Poker comes from the mountains surrounding Tiffindell Ski area in South Africa. The plants have large, showy spikes of melon-orange flowers in mid-summer.
Zones6 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Low Maintenance
Good For Containers
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Adds Texture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Height30-36" tall
Mature Spread30-36" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
SizeNo
SKU96489

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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30-36" tall x 30-36" wide. A striking South African wildflower, this species is native to the grassy slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains where it grows to form huge colonies of plants, often in marshy sites. With robust rosettes of grassy blue foliage, it blooms with large melon-orange and yellow flower spikes in mid-summer. Seed for this strain was collected at about 9,000 ft. elevation from the huge field of plants growing in Tiffindell. Keep adequately watered as 'Tiffindell Cold Hardy' dislikes dry soil. Compost enriched garden loam. Good for Firescaping. Plant with Cotula and ornamental grasses.
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SKU96489
Common Name
Tiffindell Cold Hardy Poker
Botanical Name
Kniphofia caulescens Tiffindel Cold Hardy
Zones
6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
30-36" tall
Mature Spread
30-36" wide
Bloom Time
Summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Low Maintenance, Good For Containers, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Adds Texture
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

Tips On Growing Kniphofia  (Red Hot Poker)

Kniphofia  (Red Hot Poker) is a genus of showy perennials native to southern Africa, with most species found in the Republic of South Africa.

Preferred growing conditions:

  • Red Hot Pokers thrive in a wide range of soils including clay. Plant them in full sun.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials in arid climates.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plants. Once established, they only need occasional deep soaking in hot, dry weather.
  • Deadhead the plants after blooming to keep the plants looking tidy, but they generally will not come back into bloom.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.

Special comments:

  • These perennials are highly attractive to hummingbirds.
  • Kniphofia will re-seed themselves and should be deadheaded if volunteer plants are not wanted.
  • Plants are easily divided in early to mid-spring if they get too large for their space, or if new plants are needed.

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