Red-hot-poker - Kniphofia uvaria

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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

    Perennial.

    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.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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