Kniphofia Limelight is proof that red hot pokers don’t necessarily have to be red. Greenish acid yellow flower spikes are the order of the day here, and very striking they are too. The evergreen clump of arching, curiously twisted linear foliage is quite fetching in its own right, too. Best in the sun. Well drained soil, but not chalk. To 24 in.
Kniphofia Limelight has a number of things going for it. First, the striking floral colour scheme, with acid green buds opening up to sulphurous yellow candles with a hint of burning orange at the very top when fully open. Second, its timing: the flowering season is long and relatively late, usually from July to October, so it will bring welcome colour at what can be a difficult time of the year in the garden. Third, the twisted and contorted clump of foliage, with the thin linear leaves turning in on themselves like a colony of demented corkscrews, is an attractive and unusual feature in itself and offers interest even out of the flowering season. Said foliage is evergreen, or semi-evergreen, so you’ve always got something to look at.
Limelight is a named variety of Kniphofia Pauciflora, native to South Africa and thought to be extinct in the wild until a small colony was discovered at Clairwood racecourse in Durban in the late 19th century. The type specimen for the species, collected from that location, is curated by Kew Gardens. Although kniphofia come from the warmer climes of southern Africa, most are surprisingly hardy here in the UK, and Limelight will withstand winter temperatures down to -23C. So we can say it’s pretty much hardy, then.
Care is limited to cutting back the flowering stems as they go over and tidying up the clump of foliage in late autumn and / or early spring.
Kniphofia Limelight is a hardy perennial plant with twisted evergreen foliage and acid yellow red hot poker flowers in late summer suitable for full sun.
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