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Kniphofia ‘Shining Sceptre’
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Kniphofia  Shining Sceptre

<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Shining Sceptre’

Kniphofia

Torch Lily or Red Hot Poker

“Red Hot Poker” is the local nickname for these bold, handsome natives of Madagascar and tropical South Africa. Brought to England in 1707, they were kept as greenhouse treasures until 1848, when someone had the bright idea of planting them outdoors, and their abiding hardiness was discovered.

The old-fashioned orange and yellow form has survived years of neglect in abandoned gardens here on the coast; the new hybrids and species we offer, in versatile creamy yellows, chartreuses, soft melons and bolder colors, are more suitable to modern schemes, but are just as hardy and reliable. The thick, almost succulent leaf blades are evergreen, and of interest even when the cylindrical flower spikes are absent. Heat and drought tolerant.

Kniphofia ‘Shining Sceptre’ full sun

Noble stands of copper-tinted golden scepters command our attention in the midsummer border. Supported by soothing green blades and long bronze-hued stems, these thickset, good-sized blooms cast lambent accents upon the cool, blue-violet flowers of Aconitum ‘Arendsii’ and Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Kniphofia ‘Shining Sceptre’ (P-1187)
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