First flower

Sean Zera
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:29:24 PST
*Kniphofia typhoides* is one of my favorite fall-flowering plants,
finishing up in October here just as frost kills the last few flowers. I
assume the name comes from the resemblance of the brown inflorescence to
that of a cattail (see here, for example:…). Certainly not
showy, but the brown-purple color is striking up close - might make for
interesting hybrids. The leaves are also *Typha*-like, two-ranked instead
of forming a rosette.

Sean Z
Zone 6a
SE Michigan

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