Red-hot-poker - Kniphofia uvaria


The Common Name is derived from the shape and colour of its inflorescence. The flowers are red, orange, and yellow. The leaves are reminiscent of a lily, and the plant can reach up to 1. 5 metres in height. 

Identification difficulty

Usually found as an escape from cultivation and often close to habitation.

When to see it

There are many varieties, and they bloom at different times during the summer.

Life History


UK Status

It is surprisingly widespread as an escape from cultivation, with scattered records from across much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map