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Kniphofia linearifolia (Red hot poker)

Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Kniphofia
Species: Kniphofia linearifolia
Common names: Red hot poker, Torch lily, Poker plant, Marsh poker, Tritoma

Kniphofia linearifolia is one of many species and cultivars of plants in the genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae. It natural habits are marshy places and stream edges at higher altitudes, from about 300 m upwards. It is native to Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa.
Kniphofia linearifolia grows to a height of >1.5 m. It has long, soft, basal, yellow to dull green, strongly keeled, strap-like foliage. The leaves margins can be finely toothed or smooth.
During late summer to mid-autumn tall spikes develop topped with neatly arranged, dense inflorescences that consist of nearly round reddish-orange flowers that fade to yellow at the base. The inflorescences protrude well above the foliage. The flower’s stamens hardly protrude. The flowers produce copious nectar which makes them attractive to bees.







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