Kniphofia 'LIMELIGHT'

Kniphofia
Kniphofia 'LIMELIGHT'
torch lily, red hot poker
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.2-0.3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS yellow
BLOOMING TIME July - October
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Limelight is a new torch lily for the new millennium. Its dense, fat, ovate inflorescence shines like a limelight with its narrow, tubular flowers which open from lime green buds into shiny sulphur yellow flowers. Only when the complete inflorescence is open a few trumpets at the very top turn golden orange.

Stems are fleshy but strong, about 60 cm tall, and hold flowers from late July until October which makes Limelight one of the latest varieties to produce flowers. Another feature you will notice even if you are not an expert is the foliage structure. The narrow, strap-like leaves are curled inwards, very stiff so you cannot straighten them without risking damage. They are pale to medium green, non-glossy yet very handsome so even without flowers the tuft is a looker.

Torch lily is perfect for modern and exotic landscapes, and will also fit in mixed perennial borders where its vertical habit will beautifully contrast with other arching or mound forming plants. It is not ideal for growing in pots - first due to the roots, and secondly it is not very aesthetical.

Grow it in full sun only, in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Fertilizing is beneficial from early summer. This variety is hardy to about -24°C if mulched, protecting the clump with a layer of fir branches is recommended for zone 6 winters. Tie up the clump before winter in order to prevent the crown from excessive moisture. Protect newly emerging stems with flower buds against slugs.

Last update 06-11-2018
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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