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Products > Kniphofia 'Dwarf Yellow'
 
Kniphofia 'Dwarf Yellow' - Dwarf Yellow Poker Plant
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Kniphofia 'Dwarf Yellow' (Dwarf Yellow Poker Plant) - This small yellow flowering-variety has grass-like foliage to 18 inches tall and forms clumps to 1 to 2 feet wide. Bright yellow tubular flowers in tight spikes rise 2 to 3 feet from the ground in spring into summer. Plant in full to part day sun and give occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to below 0 degrees F and useful in USDA Zones 5 through 10. A great plant for a low maintenance mass planting or mixed into the meadow with grasses or planted in the perennial garden and the flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies yet seems to not be that attractive to browsing mammals. Our plants came from Takaya Nursery in Goleta, CA in 1996. We have planted this cultivar throughout our gardens and they are tough and reliable plants that seem much less finicky than some of the other dwarf Kniphofia cultivars. 'Dwarf Yellow' is most similar to Kniphofia uvaria Rockette Yellow but is a lighter colored yellow. 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 information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Kniphofia 'Dwarf Yellow'.