Definition of kniphofia in English:


Pronunciation: /nɪˈfəʊfɪə//nɪpˈhəʊfɪə//nʌɪˈfəʊfɪə/


  • A plant of a genus that comprises the red-hot pokers.

    • ‘I like the grassy foliage and orange-yellow torchlike blooms of kniphofia, aka red-hot poker and torch lily.’
    • ‘Plants which will give year-round interest but don't require much work include Mahonia, weigela, hebe, kniphofia, sedum, wild geranium and Arum italicum.’
    • ‘At West Dean they used yellow and orange kniphofias to tremendous effect and I have promised myself to grow more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like all kniphofias, it needs sunshine and is best towards the front of a border.’


Modern Latin; named after Johann H. Kniphof (1704–1763), German botanist.