• Kniphofia uvaria 'Red Rocket'
  • Kniphofia uvaria 'Red Rocket'
  • Kniphofia uvaria 'Red Rocket'

Kniphofia uvaria 'Red Rocket'

Red Hot Poker
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: Sold Out

£4.99

Quick Overview

  • Uniformly coloured inflorescence
  • Bright coral-red flowers
  • Linear, grass-like foliage
  • Short upright habit
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Description

Kniphofia uvaria 'Red Rocket' is an interesting cultivar of Red Hot Poker in that it is consistently bright coral-red throughout the flowering raceme unlike most Kniphofias that are two-toned and tend to turn a yellow colour upwards from the base of the inflorescence as the tubular flowers open. This uniformly red quality was derived from its parent culitvar 'Nancy's Red' by Dutch plant breeders Pieter Schreurs when they selected it - apparently for its stronger and faster growth. It is also claimed to be earlier flowering than 'Nancy's Red' although so far we have not yet had this flower earlier than July. 

It is a short-height Kniphofia with upright erect leaves that are thin and linear and quite grass-like. The flowers on the inflorescence tend to reflex downwards. To my eye, it is the unusual uniform red colouring of the flower that is exceptional and makes it worth growing.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asphodelaceae
Sub-Family Asphodeloideae
Synonyms Kniphofia 'Red Rocket', Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red',
Geographical Origin The type species, Kniphofia uvaria originates in the Cape Province, South Africa. 'Nancy's Red', the cultivar from which this form is derived is said to have originated in England. 'Red Rocket' is a selected form of 'Nancy's Red'
Cultivation Full sun. Well-drained sandy soil
Eventual Height 30cm for the foliage; 50 cm with the inflorescence
Eventual Spread 1m
Hardiness Hardy with a good thick mulch in the winter

Kniphofia uvaria 'Red Rocket'

Red Hot Poker
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: Sold Out

£4.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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