Kniphofia uvaria 'Red Rocket' PP21905
  Common Name: Red Hot Poker
Common Name (Alternative): Torch Lily or Tritoma
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Though this new hybrid is still rare in the US trade, you may know its parent, ‘Nancy’s Red’.  ‘Red Rocket’ was discovered as a whole plant mutation of ‘Nancy’s Red’ by the inventor and was selected because it was a stronger, healthier growing selection that blooms earlier. 

‘Red Rocket’ produces the same hot coral red flowers of its parent and blooms over a very long period from early through late summer.  It exhibits excellent garden performance, tolerating wind, rain, and summer heat with ease. 

Breeder: Pieter Schreurs of The Netherlands

Introducer: Compass Plants

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  20 Inches
Spread:
  24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Prairie
  Modern
  Eclectic

 

Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: #1 Grade (25ct)

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Specimen or focal point

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Kniphofia is a sun lover that likes it hot and dry, though a good supply of water is appreciated when blooming. It can be grown in any well-drained soil.

Kniphofia is evergreen in mild regions and herbaceous in cooler zones. In both areas, it will benefit by having its leaf tips trimmed in the spring to stimulate healthy, new growth. In zone 6, the foliage can be tied up over the crown of the plant in the fall to exclude water from settling there and freezing, which would be deadly.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Heliopsis helianthoides 'Tuscan Sun' PP18763
Common Name: False Sunflower
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Dianthus 'Ruby Sparkles'
Common Name: Pinks
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'
Common Name: Gayfeather
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' ('Mainacht')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Stachys byzantina 'Helene von Stein' ('Big Ears')
Common Name: Lamb's Ear-Giant
4,5,6,7,8
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Tanacetum 'Robinson's Red'
Common Name: Painted Daisy
3,4,5,6,7
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.