Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride'
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common names: torch lily, red-hot poker
flowering season: August and September
height: 3 to 4 feet
Light requirements: full sun, half a day of sun will do
Soil requirements: average to rich and well drained
Water requirments: will survive in a dry landscape although it will grow better and flower more profusely with weekly deep watering during summer
Growth habit: a slowly widening clump
How to propagate: divide in spring or early summer
Leaf type: narrow and moderately long
Ways to use it: grows well with other flowering perennials in the sunny garden; grows well in a large pot on a terrace or deck where it will attract hummingbirds up close to you house
Special characteristics: its upright, spiky flowers have lots of character and are a focal point among other flowering plants, especially contrasting nicely with mounding and cushion shaped perennials; it doesn't need much care once planted other than regular watering; gardeners in climates colder than USDA Zone 6 should give it winter protection such as covering with a mulch or a large basket turned upside down and weighed down with a large rock on top
Other points of interests: its flowers produce lots of nectar that attracts both hummingbirds and various songbirds that will cling to the stems to sip the nectar
'Percy's Pride' is not the tallest torch lily, although the size of its flowerheads are likely the largest I have seen. The huge long heads of flowers are in lime green and the palest of yellows, and are much anticipated here in late summer. This is very vigorous. The height of the flower stems is three to four feet. A group of several plants is a spectacular sight. We acquired our first plants of 'Percy's Pride' almost twenty years ago and since then have propagated them entirely by dividing and re-dividing those first plants. USDA Zones 6 - 9, and to zone 10 in the West.
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