Add Dazzling Kniphofia to Your Xeriscape Garden

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Add Dazzling Kniphofia to Your Xeriscape Garden

Looking for a Water-Saving Garden Design? Step One: Pick the Right Plants

You can design a stunning flower garden using xeriscape principles and water-saving plants. Ready to start that waterwise landscape foundation? Plant stunning Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’. It’s easy to see how this kniphofia got its common name, torch lily or red hot poker. The captivating two-toned spikes look like a poker just removed from a hot fire.

Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ adds vertical garden interest with vibrant flower spires rising above neat tufts of narrow, spiky bright green leaves. The long scapes are huge pollinator magnets, beckoning to bees and butterflies with captivating flowers that are yellow at the base to brightest red at the tip. Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ is low-maintenance and virtually disease-free. Blooms last for weeks in your summer garden, delighting you almost as much as the pollinators. Hummingbirds are particularly attracted to the tube shaped flowers. Water conscious torch lily adapts well to dry conditions but needs an occasional deep watering to maintain a healthy plant. While there are dozens of species of Kniphofia, Papaya Popsicle is an evergreen perennial that delivers year-round interest.

The exotic red hot poker plant is a striking addition to coastal, cottage, and informal gardens. Its petite size (12 to 20 inches tall and 18 inches wide on average) means you can also plant it in smaller beds, borders, patio pots, planters, and containers. In fact, it’s so low-maintenance and hardy, you can find Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ in a Colorado Xeriscape Demonstration Garden as well as in perennial gardens at London’s Royal Horticultural Society Showground.

Add pops of refreshing color to your sustainable garden with bold, repeat blooming Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’. Expect flowers all summer long on this delightfully compact, easy to grow plant. Pamper it the first year as it gets established and then let it go.