Kniphofia caulescens Tiffindel Cold Hardy
Tiffindell Cold Hardy Poker
Details30-36" 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.
|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|
|Flower Color||Orange, Yellow|
|Mature Height||30-36" tall|
|Mature Spread||30-36" wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Good for Containers, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance, Adds Texture|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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.
- 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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Comments about High Country Gardens Kniphofia caulescens Tiffindel Cold Hardy:
If you like the flowers of the closely related aloes then you'll love kniphoias. I've planted three species/varieties of this and for foliage this wins hands down. The thing I like best about it is that it tolerates cold damp winters well even when most of the plant is buried under old leaves-though I would recommend keeping the leaves to a minimum.
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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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