Kniphofia (Red Hot Pokers; Torch Lily; Tritoma)

Kniphofia is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, native to Africa and Middle East.
Kniphofias have large, narrow, grass-like leaves and dense spikes of small, tubular flowers that bloom from early spring to autumn. When in bloom, the flowers produce an abundance of nectar, which attracts bees and butterflies. They are great garden plants, but can also be grown in pots and containers.

Name meaning

The genus was named in honor of Johannes Hieronymus Kniphof (1704-1763), a German botanist and physician.

The common name “Red Hot Poker” refers to the red color and formation of the flowers.

The name “Tritoma” usually refers to Kniphofia uvaria, though it may also be applied to the whole genus.

Kniphofia symbolism

Kniphofia is a symbol of good fortune.

Interesting facts about Kniphofia

Is Kniphofia Poisonous?

Kniphofias are not toxic, but it’s not recommended to consume these plants in any way.

Benefits and Uses of Kniphofia

Kniphofias are sometimes used in folk medicine.
Kniphofia laxiflora and Kniphofia rooperi are used as a medicine to treat the symptoms of certain chest disorders. Kniphofia foliosa is used for the treatment of abdominal cramps, while Kniphofia parviflora is used as snake repellent.

Several species, such as Kniphofia uvaria and Kniphofia foliosa, are planted as ornamentals.

Kniphofia Plant Data