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Kniphofia 'Christmas Cheer' - Christmas Cheer Poker Plant

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Parentage: (K. rooperi hybrid)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Kniphofia 'Christmas Cheer' (Christmas Cheer Poker Plant) - This variety blooms in the fall, winter and spring, making it a rather unique poker. It is a large plant with foliage 3 to 4 feet in an ever-widening clump with old clumps noted to be 8 to 10 feet wide that produces its flowers on stout stems to 5 to 6 feet tall capped by a spike of reddish-orange tubular flowers. Plant in full sun. Irrigate occasionally to very little in coastal gardens. Hardy to below 15 degrees F but winter flowers may be damaged with frost. Cutting the spent flower spikes out to the base will make the plant more attractive and promote longer flowering. This plant was introduced by the Huntington Botanic Garden in the 1970s and is considered to be a hybrid with Kniphofia rooperi the seed parent crossed with an unknown pollen parent. John MacGregor, long time horticulturist at the Huntington Botanical Gardens noted that this plant is one of the best winter hummingbird plants he knew of for mild climates. 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.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Kniphofia 'Christmas Cheer'.