Slender Poker

Kniphofia laxiflora

Common name: Slender Poker; Zulu names: icacane, inxonya, umathunga

r kniphofia laxiflora impendle 405

Kniphofia laxiflora is an evergreen plant which flowers in late summer and autumn in the moist grasslands of KZN and Lesotho, often found amongst rocks. The linear leaves appear from the rhizome at the base of the plant. The drooping tubular red flowers are loosely arranged on the tall inflorescence. The colour may vary from salmon to yellow to bright orange-red.

kniphofia laxiflora close res.

Along the roadsides in damp areas, Kniphofia caulescens and Kniphofia linearifolia are also flowering at the moment. Both have more compact inflorescences and are impossible to confuse with the tall slender spike of flowers of laxiflora.

Kniphofia laxiflora is pollinated by sunbirds. In traditional medicine infusions made from pounded rhizomes are sipped hot to treat chest complaints. In the garden, Kniphofia laxiflora prefers a sunny, well watered site and can withstand temperatures below freezing.

Currys Post kniphofia laxiflora by Alex march

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s