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Red Hot Poker, La Cocha, Colombia Introduced, this is taken in the botanical garden of our hotel, situated at the La Cocha Lagoon. We were surprised a flower like this survives in these conditions where temperatures swing from sub zero to +30C within a single day. <br />
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From Wikipedia I learned plants/flowers are sometimes scaled by hardiness, which means the minimum temperature they can tolerate. This one has a hardiness from zone 5-10:<br />
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardiness_zone#/media/File:USDAHardiness_2012-2015_Scale.jpg" rel="nofollow">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardiness_zone#/media/File:USDAHardiness_2012-2015_Scale.jpg</a><br />
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So if I understand this scale correctly, it can tolerate up to -28C. Tough plant! Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,Kniphofia uvaria,Red Hot Poker,South America Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Red Hot Poker, La Cocha, Colombia

Introduced, this is taken in the botanical garden of our hotel, situated at the La Cocha Lagoon. We were surprised a flower like this survives in these conditions where temperatures swing from sub zero to +30C within a single day.

From Wikipedia I learned plants/flowers are sometimes scaled by hardiness, which means the minimum temperature they can tolerate. This one has a hardiness from zone 5-10:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardiness_zone#/media/File:USDAHardiness_2012-2015_Scale.jpg

So if I understand this scale correctly, it can tolerate up to -28C. Tough plant!

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''Kniphofia uvaria'' is also known as Tritoma, Torch Lily, or Red Hot Poker due to the shape and color of its inflorescence. The leaves are reminiscent of a lily, and the flowerhead can reach up to 1.52 m in height. There are many varieties of torch lily, and they bloom at different times during the growing season. The flowers are red, orange, and yellow.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Mar 13, 2019. Captured Oct 26, 2018 16:20 in Vía Laguna de la Cocha, Pasto, Nariño, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250s
  • ISO220
  • 400mm