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New!  Kniphofia bruceae - Nursery Pick Up Only
Kniphofia bruceae
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Family:  Xanthorrhoeaceae
Hardiness:  7b with mulch
Mature Size:  4'-6'+
Exposure:  Sun
Moisture Needs: moist to average
Origin: South Africa
Price: $40.00
Pot Size: 7 Gallon Pot - Nursery Pick Up Only

Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: P0265-7G
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Description
 
This is a rarely offered "Poker" species and these are beefy bare-root divisions from our few big stock plants in the field of which we have just a small number to offer.  This is extremely rare and threatened in the wild and was thought extinct until the late 1990's when Cameron McMaster rediscovered 3 small lost populations of this species. Cameron recounting his discovery stated that many of the flower stems were 2 meters tall with the tallest towering over his head at 2.53 meters.  From his writings you can tell that he was literally giddy over this important rediscovery as up until that point, this plant was known only from dried herbarium specimens.  For the full account from Cameron, check out this link.  Thanks to his efforts, we are able to offer a few of this extremely rare and majestic Kniphofia.  This has elegant deep green 3'-4' long leaves and very late fall to early winter flowers which we usually get to enjoy for awhile until we get a killing frost.  We are in the rain shadow of the Olympics which means clear skies and so we frost earlier then everyone else but there are lot of folks in mild areas who can wander their garden before sitting down to Thanksgiving turkey and enjoy seeing this Kniphofia in flower.   Big flower heads densely packed with florets which are soft yellow in bud and then turn creamy when they open.  Named for Mrs. Eileen Bruce who collected it from the type locality in 1954.