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Kniphofia rooperi - East Cape Poker
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Kniphofia rooperi (East Cape Poker) - This robust evergreen perennial, native to coastal marshes on the summer-moist Eastern Cape of South Africa, has arching, keeled ,dark green leaves and orange-yellow spherical heads of flowers that are quite different from the elongated darker orange red torches that top the Kniphofia uvaria varieties. The flowers, rising up to 3-4 feet tall, are yellow towards the bottom and bright orange above. Flowering is noted as occurring in early fall in the southeastern US but in South Africa this plant blooms from winter into spring. Anyone familiar with the varying flowering times that Kniphofia cultivars exhibit in California knows that these plants can bloom at differing times just between southern California and the bay area. We are finding bloom on our Kniphofia rooperi in December 2006 through January 2007. Plant in full sun and give regular irrigation. Hardy to USDA zone 7 (0-10 F) but it is likely to be evergreen only in zones 9 and above. Our thanks to Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery for sharing his selection of this species with us. The name Kniphofia honors Johann Hieronymus Kniphof (1704 -1763), a German physician and botanist. The pronunciation of this genus is often argued about and while most continue to use the easiest to pronounce versions such as ny-FOE-fee-ah or nee-FOF-ee-a, others argue correctly that the name should follow the pronunciation of the name it commemorates. But even for this there are differences of opinion owing to different German regional dialects - one such pronunciation often noted as correct is nip-HOFF-ee-uh while another that is particularly hard to pronounce is k-nip-HOF-ia. Keeping it simple we still use ny-FOE-fee-ah.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Kniphofia rooperi.