Kniphofia Hybrids

Kniphofia is a large genus of about 70 Species in the Asphodelaceae family that are rhizomatous or have fleshy roots. They are from Africa, Madagascar and Yemen. Since Kniphofia crosses easily, most cultivated plants are of hybrid origin.


Kniphofia 'Bees Sunset' blooming in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in July 2004. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller.

Kniphofia 'Bees Sunset', Bob RutemoellerKniphofia 'Bees Sunset', Bob Rutemoeller

Kniphofia 'Border Ballet' Plants going under this name have very narrow foliage and a beautiful range of pastel color forms to choose from, including some nice pink forms. The plant overwintered well in my cold USDA Zone 5 garden, bulking up nicely and started flowering at the end of September. My plant has flowers that are pale yellow tinged with pastel melon orange color; subtle and beautiful. Both photos by Mark McDonough taken September 30, 2005, showing the flower and the plant form.

Kniphofia 'Border Ballet', Mark McDonoughKniphofia 'Border Ballet', Mark McDonough

Pictures below are of unknown species or cultivars. The first group of pictures was taken by Jennifer Hildebrand at the garden in the Getty Center in Southern California showing Kniphofia in front of some beautiful red roses.

Kniphofia sp. Getty, Jennifer HildebrandKniphofia sp. Getty, Jennifer Hildebrand

This is a picture of plants flowering in Jim and Beverley Thompson's garden in Manchester, California. They are probably cultivars. I don't have a name for them. Photo by Bob Rutemoeller.

Kniphofia cultivars, Bob Rutemoeller

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