Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia uvaria

''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.
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! Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,Kniphofia uvaria,Red Hot Poker,South America


''Kniphofia uvaria'' originates from the Cape Province of South Africa, and has been introduced into many parts of the world, such as North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe as a garden plant. It is hardy in zones 5-10.

In parts of south-eastern Australia, such as the Central and Southern Tablelands of New South Wales and southern Victoria, it has escaped cultivation and become naturalised. It is now regarded as an environmental weed in these locations, spreading from former habitations into natural areas, where it can grow in thick clumps and threaten sensitive ecosystems. Elsewhere in southern Australia it is regarded as a potential environmental weed, and it may have also naturalised in parts of South Australia and California.


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SpeciesK. uvaria