Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Kniphofia, also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily, knofflers or poker plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae, that includes 70 or more species native to Africa. Herbaceous species and hybrids have narrow, grass-like leaves 10–100 cm long, while perennial species have broader, strap-shaped foliage up to 1.5 m long.

All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly coloured flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees. In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles.The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th-century German physician and botanist.

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Floral Macros meme,
and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.


  1. Perfect blossom for a Ruby Tuesday Too post. Well done.

  2. Lovely, just the two brilliant colors.

  3. Jungle flowers - magnificent.

  4. lovely 'reds' have a nice Tuesday

    much love...

  5. I love bright flowers. I miss them so much in winter. - Margy

  6. A beautiful, fiery red. So bold and demanding attention.

  7. I think I have seen them somewher but am not sure. They are gorgesous.


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