One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that comprises the red-hot pokers.
Genus Kniphofia, family Liliaceae (or Aloaceae)
- ‘At West Dean they used yellow and orange kniphofias to tremendous effect and I have promised myself to grow more.’
- ‘Plants which will give year-round interest but don't require much work include Mahonia, weigela, hebe, kniphofia, sedum, wild geranium and Arum italicum.’
- ‘Like all kniphofias, it needs sunshine and is best towards the front of a border.’
- ‘Tall strap-leafed phormiums, or New Zealand flax, and the architectural-looking kniphofia, or red-hot poker, added structure just as surely as did the seating areas, paths, and stone work.’
- ‘I like the grassy foliage and orange-yellow torchlike blooms of kniphofia, aka red-hot poker and torch lily.’
Modern Latin; named after Johann H. Kniphof (1704–1763), German botanist.
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