red to yellow
2 to 4 ft.
18 to 24 in.
Madagascar and South Africa
USDA zones 5-9
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Red hot poker is a perennial flower grown for its striking flower spikes. It is clump-forming plant with long, narrow, succulent leaves.
In July, a mass of small, tubular flowers form a red to yellow spike on a strong stalk that towers above the leaves. Many cultivars are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Hummingbirds are attracted to this plant.
There are several healthy specimens growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. Torch lily adapts well dry conditions, but needs an occasional deep watering to maintain a healthy plant.
When the flowers are finished blooming, remove the flower spike as far down as possible without damaging the leaves. An occasional deep watering is needed during extended dry periods. Cut back the old leaves in late winter rather than fall.