Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Flamenco Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia uvaria 'Flamenco'
A spicy Spirit to get your heart racing. Blazing color!
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As spirited and bold as the famous Spanish dance, Flamenco Red Hot Poker will energize your landscape. From thick mounds of strappy green foliage rise torches of smoldering color. Orange, red, and yellow blossoms blaze away in the summer sun. Flamenco Red Hot Poker will make a strong statement in your landscape. Put it where you spend the most time outdoors—near the deck, patio, or pool—or put it near your living room or kitchen window, so you can enjoy viewing it from the comfort of your air-conditioning. ¡Olé!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • 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. Flamenco is a seed-grown strain of Red Hot Poker that was developed in the 1990s by the international seed company Benary. In 1999, the Flamenco Mix won an All-American Selections award. This coveted award is given to the best new plants which are grown from seed.

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

How to Grow

Flamenco 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. Flamenco 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 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 18-24" (Flowerstalks reaching 36")
Avg Mature Width 18-24"
Flower Color Fiery Red, Orange, and Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Bloom Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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