Kniphofia praecox & other species
Red hot pokers are mostly herbaceous perennials although some are deciduous. They bear dense, erect spikes of small tubular flowers in either winter or spring dependant on the type. The flowers are produced in shades of red, orange, yellow and cream. Kniphofias form large clumos of arching leaves which are long, narrow and tapering. Most Kniphofia species are found growing near rivers, or in spots which become damp or are marshlands for part of the year. Red hot pokers are great for attracting nectar feeding birds such as sunbirds. These plants can either be planted in full sun or semi-shade and prefer to remain undisturbed.