Kniphofia ‘Redhot Popsicle’

Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker


Kniphofia ‘Redhot Popsicle,’ a stunning perennial, stands out with its striking red and orange flower spikes resembling fiery popsicles. This eye-catching variety belongs to the Torch Lily family and is native to South Africa. Its unique appearance and vibrant colours make it a popular choice for gardeners seeking a burst of drama in their landscapes.


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Origin: South Africa
Genus: Kniphofia
Species / Cultivar: 'Redhot Popsicle'
Common Name: Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker

Plant Biography

The horticultural history of Kniphofia, commonly known as the Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily, dates back to the 17th century when it was first discovered in South Africa by European explorers. The plant’s genus was named in honour of Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, a German physician and botanist.

Initially, Kniphofia species were cultivated in Europe for their ornamental value, and over the years, plant breeders developed numerous cultivars with a variety of colours and sizes. Today, Kniphofia has become a beloved perennial worldwide, admired for its vibrant flower spikes and ability to attract pollinators, making it a cherished addition to gardens and landscapes around the globe.

Attracting butterflies and other pollinators, this striking Kniphofia cultivar adds a touch of wildlife-friendly beauty. Embrace the allure of ‘Redhot Popsicle’ in your garden and enjoy its fiery blooms from late spring to summer. Order now to elevate your landscape with this fiery perennial’s captivating charm.

Kniphofia 'Redhot Popsicle'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Kniphofia ‘Redhot Popsicle’ is a low-maintenance perennial requiring full sun and well-draining soil. Once established, it is drought-tolerant, making it ideal for water-wise gardens. Deadhead spent flower spikes to encourage prolonged blooming. This compact variety reaches approximately 60 to 75 cm in height, perfect for borders or containers. Its grass-like foliage adds year-round interest.

Provide occasional watering during dry spells to support healthy growth. With its fiery red and orange blooms from late spring to summer, ‘Redhot Popsicle’ creates a dazzling display, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, while adding a burst of colour and drama to any garden landscape.


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