Red hot poker or torch lily. Captured in my side yard in Mars Hill, NC, USA. 186 views as of July 18, 2012
Featured in—All Vibrant Plants-July 18, 2012
Red hot poker-or torch lily. From Wikipedia:
Kniphofia (pronounced /n?p’ho?fi?/)1 (Tritoma, Red hot poker, Torch lily, Poker plant) is a genus of plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae,2 that includes 70 or more species native to Africa. Some species have been commercially used horticulturally and are commonly known for their bright, rocket-shaped flowers. These plants produce spikes of upright, brightly-colored, red-to-orange flowers. This gives names such as “torch” and “red hot poker” to many of them. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles.