Regal Torch Lily

Kniphofia caulescens
30 inches high x 24 inches wide
Zone 4
Full Sun

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Plant Select 2010! Drop dead gorgeous blue-green foliage is garden worthy in its own right, but by late summer the clump is crowned with glowing crimson, golden and ivory torches that create a focal point in the xeric garden. Needs well drained soil. Zone 5 in the literature but zone 4 in our experience.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.