Border Ballet Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia x ‘Border Ballet’)

Border Ballet Red Hot Poker

A hybrid Kniphofia seed strain that features a variety of flower colors ranging from pinks, oranges and reds to yellows, creamy hues, and glowing color, the unusual blooms of the Border Ballet Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia x ‘Border Ballet’) will thrill and amaze you each summer into autumn! These unusual flower spikes open from the bottom to the top for a long-lasting display!

Also known as Torch Lily, these brilliant blooms are full of tubular individual flowers, grouped into a flower spike that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds galore! Highlighted by arching, strappy, sword-like green leaves, these form compact, clumps that are fantastic throughout the landscape!

The eye-catching spikes are long-lasting and bloom primarily in June and July, and when deadheaded by removing the flower stems into the base they can rebloom into September. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 – 9 and grow 18-24 inches in height and width in optimal conditions.

Planting and Application:

Stand-out blooms attract the attention of local Hummingbirds and butterflies! Pollinator plantings and Cutting gardens will be brimming with blooms so plant a few extras for your local pollinators and so your bouquets will be filled with unique flowers! Add something unexpected to the Children’s Garden and delight the youngsters while encouraging them to get outside more!

Red Hot Pokers are ideal as specimen plants and novelty focal points! Plant throughout your Perennial beds and borders, kick that Cottage garden into the 21st century, or spice up that Rock Garden! High style borders and edging for beds, paths, and walkways, the wonderful foliage is a perfect facer plant to front your larger shrubs and trees.

Sized perfectly for large planters and containers as dramatic thrillers, your porch, patio, and sunny balconies can be adorned with these curious perennials! Anywhere you plant them the pollinators and curious neighbors will follow!

  • Glowing Multi-Color Blooms
  • Long Tubular Flowers – Perfect for Butterflies & Hummingbirds!
  • Clump Forming Upright Bunches & Compact Growth
  • Strappy Green Upright Foliage
  • Long Bloom Time & Long Lasting Flowers!
  • Specimen & Border Plant Accent

Tips for Care:

Plant in full sun where these Perennials can soak up the rays all day long. Red Hot Pokers thrive in very well-drained soils with moderate fertility. Enjoying moderate moisture and watering during summer and in times of drought, always give young plants continuous moisture to become established. In especially arid locations, a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist bark chips helps hold in moisture and enrich the soil. Deadhead throughout the summer to keep the blooms returning until autumn, otherwise, these are low-care plants! Deer and rabbit-resistant and cold-hardy too!

  • Full Sun
  • Xeric & Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Prefers Very Well-Drained Soils
  • Semi-Evergreen in Warmer Climates
  • Deadhead As Blooms Fade – Prune Down in Fall

Glowing exclamation points for your landscape! The Border Ballet Red Hot Poker is a fantastically unique addition to your garden this year!

Border Ballet Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia x ‘Border Ballet’) Details

Common name Border Ballet Red Hot Poker
Botanical name Kniphofia x 'Border Ballet'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 18 - 24 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium to Low
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Autumn
Flower color Yellow, Orange, Cream, Pink & Red