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Common Red-hot Poker

Kniphofia uvaria

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Red, 6 petals
 
Very colourful bright orange and red flowers forming a dense terminal head, later turning yellow.
Fruit:
A stalkless, globular capsule, containing numerous seeds.
Leaves:
Long and slender, evergreen, sword-like leaves.
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous. If ingested, it can irritate the skin and eyes.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Cape Red-hot Poker, Flame Flower, Knofflers, Poker Plant, Torch Lily, Tritoma.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Gardens, sand dunes.