Kniphofia hardiness

James L. Jones
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:43:33 PST
Kniphofia ensifolia has done well for me for a number of years, blooming dependably; K. hirsute is new but looking dependable; my best is the fall-blooming K. galpinii.
Jim Jones

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From: Ellen Hornig <>
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Sent: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 9:07 am
Subject: Re: [pbs] Kniphofia hardiness

I had large clumps of K. hirsuta in Oswego NY (USDA zone 5b, to 0 to -10F
in most of the years I grew it, but with persistent snow cover of several
inches to a foot or two) and it never wavered.  It multiplied vigorously
and bloomed well.  Soils were clayey loams.  Other dependable performers
were K. northiae, K.caulescens, and K. uvaria from the eastern Cape.  But
then, several eucomis were also hardy.  In some ways, that was a great
climate.  Now I'm checking out central Massachusetts, where this year it
seems alarmingly like Oswego.  March 3 and we still have more than a foot
of snow on the ground.


On Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM, <> wrote:

>  Chris:
> I have Kniphofia northiae here for ten years.  Has increased and sent up
> two offsets.  Kniphofia hirsuta had lasted about three years and then
> dwindled. Most likely due to it's location rather than temperatures.  The
> K. northiae hasn't flowered every year but puts on a good dramatic leaf
> show.
> Arnold
> New Jersey
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Ellen Hornig
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