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.
Zones 6 - 8
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
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 Plant Size 30-36" tall 30-36" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Size No
SKU 96489

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.
More Information
Common Name
Tiffindell Cold Hardy Poker
Botanical Name
Kniphofia caulescens Tiffindel Cold Hardy
6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
30-36" tall
Mature Spread
30-36" wide
Bloom Time
Early - Mid Summer, Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, 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
Yes - Learn More
Ships To Canada
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