First flower

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:56:28 PST
Thank you Sean, sorry to put it wrong before, I thought I had read that 
somewhere, but I must be mistaken.

Your garden must be damp where itis growing, as it sure needs moisture 
to thrive.  It also has a lovely scent, not strong, but pleasant.  And I 
love plants which attract the bees.


Ina Crossley
Auckland New Zealand  Zone 10

On 20/02/2013 7:29 p.m., Sean Zera wrote:
> *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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