Oddly, the hard to pronounce Kniphofia (‘nif-of-e-a’) is one of the first flowers many of us recognise as a child, but by its common name - Red Hot Poker. This variety, Kniphofia Pyromania Backdraft, shimmers with hot colour, and creates a brilliant staccato punctuation as part of a Prairie Planting scheme or striking in a border amongst shades of blue and purple. With a mound of slender foliage and large flower heads raised on strong stalks, which attract pollinators throughout the summer, this variety is also suitable for containers.
A distant relation of the giant plant to which the late eighteenth-century German botanist Johan Kniphof gave his name, K. Backdraft evokes the heat and drama of its native South Africa.
Common Name: Red Hot Poker
Height and Spread: 50cm x 40cm
Preferred Soil Type: Well drained
Aspect: South or West facing
Position: Full sun
Flowering Period: June – August