Wiki Additions-- Johnsonia and Kniphofia

Ellen Hornig
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:35:10 PST
With reference to Jim's comments, my garden IS full of kniphofias, and it 
has been for years.  K. northiae, K. hirsuta, K. typhoides, K. bruceae, K. 
caulescens, K. linearifolia, K. ichopensis, K. typhoides, K. albescens, K. 
coddiana (rather surprisingly), K. triangularis, and probably a few others 
I'm forgeting are all in there, and some have been there for a long time.  I 
find them quite irresistible.

On my recent trip to South Africa, I added a couple of others to my wish 
list, notably the small and exquisitely-colored K. thodei we saw on Sentinel 
Peak (delicate tangerine buds opening to creamy-white flowers), and the very 
tall maroon-flowered variant of K. parviflora that we saw in another 
location.  I had never before seen anything other than the small, 
straw-colored, completely aesthetically uninteresting form of this species.

K. uvaria has both winter-rainfall and summer-rainfall forms, depending on 
where it's collected.  I am under the impression that they can get somewhat 
"confused" under greenhouse conditions, though, with summer-rainfall strains 
putting up buds in fall.  Or maybe I got the plants mixed up...?  Could 


Ellen Hornig
Seneca Hill Perennials
3712 County Route 57
Oswego NY 13126 USA

Jim McKenney wrote:
> I wish I had room for a Kniphofia collection. There must be some problem
> with Kniphofia here in eastern North America, because the plants are not
> really common in our gardens, yet catalogs from the early twentieth 
> century
> show long lists of cultivars. Whatever happened to these plants? You would
> think that our gardens would be full of them by now.

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