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