If you are looking for flower colors to match the heat of June, Red hot poker, Kniphophia uvaria has the blooms that match the season. Also known as the torch lily, this perennial performs well in full sun areas with well-drained soil. Leaves about 3 feet long and 1 inch wide form a clumping plant over the years to about 3 feet in height and 2 feet in spread.

kniphofia full plant

The highlight of the plant are the flowers that form in May and June. Stalks grow above the foliage holding clusters of tubular flowers that emerge red/orange and mature to yellow. Flowers are often in transition between the two colors. Remove flowers after they fade.


Red hot poker is a low maintenance plant along the Gulf Coast. Extreme cold may set plants back a little but clumps grow well during winters with average cold temperatures. Plants can be divided after several years but the bloom cycle may be delayed following this practice.


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