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Kniphofia ‘Percy's Pride’
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Kniphofia  Percy's Pride

<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Percy's Pride’

<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Percy's Pride’


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 ‘Percy's Pride’ full sun  new plant

The tightly clustered light yellow to lime flowers of this Torch Lily are just about the largest of all the species we offer. They bloom several times each year, and contrast strikingly with the inch-wide straplike leaves. For a range of yellows, we pair 'Percy's Pride' with Symphytum 'Axminster Gold'.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Kniphofia ‘Percy's Pride’ (P-0205)
Each $11.50
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