Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
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Border Ballet Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia uvaria 'Border Ballet'
An ensemble of lively spikes in a medley of vibrant colors
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Like a troupe of ballet dancers leaping across the stage, Border Ballet Red Hot Pokers will grace your garden with energy and joy. These jubilant Spirits put on a stellar performance, churning out loads of dreamy flowers in summer. Border Ballet blooms come in a medley of colors, each lovelier than the last. Will you get scarlet, orange, yellow, pink, cream, or bi-colored blossoms? The thrill of discovery is part of the fun. Plant Border Ballet Red Hot Pokers in the sunny borders surrounding your home, where they’ll flaunt their colors proudly. Bravo!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Show more ›

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. Border Ballet is a seed-grown strain, bred to exhibit a wide array of colors in its perky flower spikes. The plants are shorter than some other Red Hot Pokers, topping out at around 2 feet. They’re compact enough to use in small gardens, but big enough to make an impact. They’re also a nice size to use as cut flowers. Bring the beauty indoors!

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 Border Ballet Red Hot Poker near a sitting area or window, where you can watch the hummers work their magic.

How to Grow

Border Ballet 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. Border Ballet may be divided in spring if clumps grow too big, but it’s perfectly fine to just leave it in place for years.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 1.5-2'
Avg Mature Width 1-1.5'
Flower Color Orange, Red, Pink, Yellow, Creamy Pastels
Foliage Color Green
Bloom Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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