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Products > Kniphofia uvaria 'Wilhelm's Lance'
 
Kniphofia uvaria 'Wilhelm's Lance' - Giant Torch Lily
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow & Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Kniphofia uvaria 'Wilhelm's Lance' (Giant Torch Lily) - A giant among the Red Hot Pokers. From the nearly 3 foot tall deep green foliage clumps rise the flowers atop stout stems to an amazing 6 to 8 feet tall in the spring. These flowers are in immense 10 inch long by 3 inch wide clusters of flowers that are vibrant orange in bud and open from the bottom up to pure golden yellow. This plant was a selection made by Randy Baldwin from a seed crop of Kniphofia "Pfitzer's Hybrids" grown by San Marcos Growers in 1982. The plant was planted in Randy's Puente Drive garden then moved to the San Marcos Growers nursery garden in 1987. The name 'Wilhelm's Lance' was chosen to both indicate the stature of the plant and commemorate Wilhelm Pfitzer, the patriarch of the Pfitzer Nursery in Stuttgart, Germany where the seed for this amazing plant originated. Plant in well-drained soils and give some supplemental irrigation in summer to encourage flower formation. Hardy to below 15 F (to around 0 F if it is mulched or the foliage is retained to protect the growth crown). 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. The specific epithet derives from an old Linnaean name for the plant (Aloe uvaria), from the Latin word 'uva' meaning "grape" in reference to the resemblance to the clusters of the fruits hanging on the stems.  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 uvaria 'Wilhelm's Lance'.