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Herbaceous Perennial

Kniphofia 'Tetbury Torch'

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A herbaceous perennial up to 90cm high with dark green leaves and dark red-tinged flower stems in late summer and early autumn with flowers which progressively darken further up the stem so that the flowers at the base open creamy yellow, those in the middle open rich apricot yellow, and the topmost flowers open dark orange; it may have two flushes of flowers, and the flowers are good for pollinating insects

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Red Cream Orange Yellow Green
Autumn Green Red Cream Orange Yellow Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Kniphofia may be evergreen or herbaceous perennials, with linear or strap-shaped leaves and erect stems bearing a dense raceme of tubular, usually pendent flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in full sun and fertile, moist but well-drained soil that isn’t too wet over winter. See kniphofia cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by division of established clumps in late spring; propagation for resale is illegal without a licence from the breeder

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Prairie planting
  • Coastal
  • Gravel garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
  • Banks and slopes
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Cut down old flower stems after flowering; old or dead leaves can be tidied up or removed in mid-spring

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, thrips, slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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