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Last updated 06/4/20 13:35.
Commonly known as Red hot poker, Torch lily, Tritoma
Expanding range of showy pokers for growing in nature-friendly clumps.
Many hybrids have been toned down over time from the original "red hot pokers" and now come in shades of red, orange, yellow, and greenish white.
Genus of about 70 species of evergreen or semi-evergreen rhizomatous perennials from mountainous or upland areas, often in moist places in rough grass or along streamsides in southern and tropical Africa, Madagascar and Arabia.
Deciduous - leaves usually thin, grass-like,10-100cm (3-39in) long.
Evergreen - leaves usually broad, keeled or strap-shaped to 1.5m (5ft) long.
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - rhizomatous perennials. Erect, usually dense, spike-like racemes 5-40cm (2-16in) long of tubular or cylindrical flowers.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Additional Features - Good to know - wildlife plant. Attractive to bees.
Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails, thrips, violet root.
Place of origin - southern and tropical Africa.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus rich, preferably sandy.
Wildlife - Bee friendly
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