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Products > Kniphofia uvaria 'Echo Duo' PP24,508
 
Kniphofia uvaria 'Echo Duo' PP24,508 - Echo Duo Hot Poker
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (K. 'Firelight' x K. 'Candle Light')
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 'Echo Duo' PP24,508 - (Echo Duo Hot Poker) - This is a evergreen (in our climate) to semi-evergreen perennial that forms dense clumps of upright, finely-toothed leaves to 3 feet tall. In mid spring through summer, spikes of bicolored orange and white tubular flowers stand above the foliage rising up to 4 feet. The flowers emerge from top to bottom with buds and newly emerging flowers are orange-red with white towards the base and as they age become predominately a creamy white color. This cultivar was selected for this unique flower color and because it reblooms through the summer months. Plant in well-drained soils and though pretty drought tolerant it is best to 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). A wonderful new poker for the garden that is attractive to people and hummingbirds but not so much to deer. This plant from the breeding program conducted at Itsaul Plants in Dahlonega, GA with the goal creating reblooming Kniphofia cultivars with unique flower colors. 'Echo Duo' was selected in June 2007 from seedlings derived from a cross made in April 2006 between Kniphofia 'Firelight' and 'Candle Light' (PP12,343). 'Echo Duo' was selected for its unique bicolor inflorescences with flowers that emerge orange-red and mature to creamy white, its early blooming habit with repeat bloom throughout the summer, its semi-evergreen foliage that remains clean, its dense clump-forming habit with upright stems that do not lodge, its ability to readily produces side shoots with each shoot producing blooms and its ability to produce blooms on young plants. It received its US Plant patent in May 2014. 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. Image of this plant courtesy of Itsaul Plants.  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 'Echo Duo' PP24,508.