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Products > Kniphofia uvaria 'Malibu Yellow'
Kniphofia uvaria 'Malibu Yellow' - Malibu Yellow Poker Plant

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asphodelaceae (~Liliaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Kniphofia uvaria 'Malibu Yellow' (Malibu Yellow Poker Plant) - A medium sized evergreen perennial growing to about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide with stout spikes topped with a dense conical cluster of yellow flowers spring through summer with flowers opening from the bottom up. Plant in full sun with occasional to little irrigation along the coast - flowers better when watered more regularly. Hardy to below 15 degrees F (0 F if well mulched). This selection was made in 1991 from plants growing in the seaside Malibu garden where the "grassman" John Greenlee had a nursery growing grounds in the late 1990s. We were growing another smaller yellow Kniphofia selection which we now call Kniphofia 'Dwarf Yellow' and named this larger plant 'Malibu Yellow' and have been selling it as such since 1992. 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.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Kniphofia uvaria 'Malibu Yellow'.