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Kniphofia (Red Hot Pokers) flowering in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) – See the bee right on top?

Red-hot pokers are grown in temperate gardens around the world. Ranging in colour from reds, oranges through yellow to lime green and cream, numerous cultivars and hybrids have been developed from species originating in South Africa. Most species of Kniphofia are evergreen while a few are deciduous and sprout again in the early summer. They bear dense, erect spikes (elongated inflorescence with stalkless flowers) above the level of the leaves in either winter or summer depending on the species.The small, tubular flowers are produced in shades of red, orange, yellow and cream.

These flowers are frequented by nectar-feeding birds such as Sunbirds and Sugarbirds and every year I look forward to the Black Sunbird and his wife (Chalcomitra amethystina – Amethyst sunbird – Swartsuikerbekkie), who spend most of the day visiting from flower to flower. They also attract a great variety of insects. The flowers of some species of Kniphofia are reportedly used as a minor food and apparently taste like honey. K. parviflora is reported to have been made into a traditional snake repellent. K. rooperii and K. laxiflora are used traditionally as a medicine. An infusion of the roots is used to relieve or treat the symptoms of certain chest disorders.

  1. 26th July 2014 – FEATURED in Enchanted Flowers

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plants, flower, flowers, aloe, aloes, succulent, succulents, kniphofia, red hot poker, torch lily, tritoma, garden, country gardens, nature, earth, kodak, maree clarkson, tarlton, magaliesburg, krugersdorp, gauteng, south africa

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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Comments

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 2 years ago

    Netjiese foto Mevrou!! Redhot indeed!

  • He he! Baie dankie Elizabeth!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 1 month ago

    Congratulations – 26th July, 2014 – Shirley & Jean

    Comments welcome HERE

  • Thank you for the feature Shirley, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 month ago

    beautiful flower! light and colors are great. congrats for the feature in Enchanted Flowers group

  • Thank you very much Manon!

    – Maree Clarkson

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