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Products > Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red'
Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red' - Red Hot Poker

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: Garden Origin
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [K. Nanci's Red']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 °F
Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red' (Red Hot Poker) - A small compact clump-forming perennial that remains semi-evergreen in our mild climate and grows to 18 to 24 inches tall by a near equal spread with narrow grass-like green leaves. In early to midsummer (June-August) the spikes emerge above the foliage topped with narrow cone-shaped clusters of brick-red buds that open to coral-red flowers that reflex downward with age but retain their reddish color except for a hint of yellow on the throat and petal margins of open flowers. Plant in full sun to light shade in hot areas in a moderately well-drained soil. Water occasionally to regularly during dry months. This hardy plant can be grown in nearly any California garden as it can reportedly handle to USDA zones 7a and perhaps down into zone 6. We purchased this plant originally as 'Nanci's Red' but this seems to be an error as most spell it the typical manner as “Nancy”. We have not been able to determine where this plant originated, other than reports it was first found in England, or who Nancy is but would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows more about this beautiful smaller Red Hot Poker. 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. Wegrew this plant from 2008 until 2012.  The information about Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We also relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we visit, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.