Kniphofia northiae

Quick Characteristics:

Height: 120-170 cm (3.9-5.6 ft)
Flower Colors: orange, yellow
Flower Season: early summer to mid summer
Life form: rhizome

Kniphofia northiae Baker is a very robust species that grows to 1.7 m tall, and one of two species forming a mostly unbranched stem. It is found on mountain grassland, on streambanks, basalt cliffs, seepage lines up to 300 m from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. It has large recurved aloe-like leaves and a dense inflorescence with whitish or orange-red to yellow flowers. Photo #1 from Cameron McMaster shows the flower. Photos #2-3 by Bob Rutemoeller taken January 2010 at Naude's Nek. Photo #4 by Mary Sue Ittner taken January 2010 at Gaika's Kop.

Kniphofia northiae, Cameron McMasterKniphofia northiae, Naude's Nek, Bob RutemoellerKniphofia northiae, Naude's Nek, Bob RutemoellerKniphofia northiae, Gaika's Kop, Mary Sue Ittner

The first photo was taken by Nhu Nguyen at the UC Botanical Garden. The second was taken by Ellen Hornig. The last by Martin Bohnet shows the copious amount of nectar produced, as it is typical for bird-pollinated species.

Kniphofia northiae, Nhu NguyenKniphofia northiae, Ellen HornigKniphofia northiae nectar, Martin Bohnet

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