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First Sunrise Torchlily

Kniphofia 'First Sunrise'

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First Sunrise Torchlily (Kniphofia 'First Sunrise') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Kniphofia 'First Sunrise' flowers

Kniphofia 'First Sunrise' flowers

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Red-hot Poker, Flame Flower, Tritoma

Description:

Stunningly bright orange flowers on this early blooming, compact variety create a brilliant border or container planting; makes a great cutflower and attracts hummingbirds

Ornamental Features

First Sunrise Torchlily features bold spikes of orange tubular flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

First Sunrise Torchlily is an open herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

First Sunrise Torchlily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

First Sunrise Torchlily will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

First Sunrise Torchlily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features