Kniphofia 'Orange Vanilla Popsicle' flowers
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Height: 20 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Red-hot Poker, Flame Flower, Tritoma
An excellent, compact, re-blooming variety with stunning red, orange, and white flower stalks, creating an unusual border or container planting; makes a great cutflower and attracts hummingbirds
Orange Vanilla Popsicle Torchlily features bold spikes of red tubular flowers with white overtones and orange streaks at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Orange Vanilla Popsicle Torchlily is an open herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Orange Vanilla Popsicle Torchlily is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Orange Vanilla Popsicle Torchlily will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Orange Vanilla Popsicle Torchlily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.