Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 15-18"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Banana Popsicle Dwarf Red Hot Poker
Kniphofia 'Banana Popsicle' PP27,617
A sweet, spiky treat for your sunny summer borders!
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Spiky elements in the landscape give the eye a place to pause. They catch your attention and encourage your gaze to linger there. Banana Popsicle Red Hot Poker is a spiky Spirit that fulfills this function beautifully. Thin, spiky leaves form an upright clump of greenery, from which rise spiky clusters of funnel-form blooms. Red Hot Poker flowers are typically red or orange, but Banana Popsicle’s blossoms are a satisfying shade of golden yellow, and you feel like you could stare at them forever. Blooms appear in succession from July to October, making the plant an important and reliable part of the summer garden. Fantastic!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 15-18"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

It’s no surprise that Red Hot Pokers give an exotic look to the landscape, much different from anything in our native flora. They come from Africa. The hardier types usually hail from regions far from the equator, such as South Africa. The Popsicle series was developed by plant breeder extraordinaire Dan Heims and his Terra Nova Nurseries team in Canby, Oregon. Heims sought to produce Red Hot Pokers that were smaller, longer-blooming, and better in foliar effect than the Pokers that were in the marketplace at the time. Banana Popsicle was released in 2015.

The Details

In their native Africa, Red Hot Pokers are pollinated by sunbirds. These nectar-loving birds have long, thin bills for delving into tubular flowers. In our country, where sunbirds don’t exist, hummingbirds do that job. Plant Banana Popsicle Red Hot Poker near a sitting area or window, where you can watch the hummers work their magic.

How to Grow

Banana Popsicle Red Hot Poker enjoys a sunny site that stays somewhat moist but never soggy. Make sure the soil drains freely and water regularly in the summer. Constantly wet soil, especially in the wintertime, will spell trouble. Let the old foliage remain throughout the cold months, resisting the urge to clean it up before warm weather returns in the spring. When you do cut it back, leave a few inches standing—don’t shear it clear back to the ground. Banana Popsicle may be divided in spring if clumps grow too big, but it’s perfectly fine to just leave it in place for years.

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Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 12-24"
Avg Mature Width 12-24"
Spacing 15-18"
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Golden Yellow
Flower Time Late Summer into Fall
Bloom Time Summer into Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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