Lao Cai, Y Ty, Vietnam 2050 meters. 2011 collection.
Variegated leaf form of this old favorite. All things old are new again. This Japanese plant has white deged leaves and single yellow rose-like flowers in spring. Blooms exceedingly well in shade and forms a dense twiggy thicket. This doesn't get as tall as the typical species.
Very good plant in the upper echelon of perennials and highly valued for its mid summer blooms of thickly textured intriguing yellow flowers on the terminals of the stems. These gets nice broad leaves on herbaceous stems that in shape is not unlike a Hydrangea. Imposing at maturity.
A classic perennial who came to us via a couple of legends. In the 70's, famed Japanese plantsman Kozuo Mori gave a start of this exquisite plant to local Hort Hero Steve Doonan of Grandridge Nursery. Steve divided his 30+ yr old plant and this a division. Yellow shuttlecock flowers.
Our own hybrid introduction which we have trialed for 10 years before releasing a few. A very long bloom period from mid summer into fall. Narrow foliage supports 3'+ stems of rich burnt orange with the individual flowers glistening as if lacquered. Attribution to everyone's favorite 1978 Captain Beefheart album Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller).
This superb cultivar was shared with us by one of the most dapper Lions of horticulture, David Mason of the former esteemed Hedgerows Nursery. David knows plants the way we all wish we knew them and this is his favorite cultivar. Tawny orange buds opening and turning to cream perfection on this glorious beast.
Crazy species which we coveted at Windcliff and Duane West dug us up a nice chunk - with permission from Dan of course. Weird brown flowers are scented. Differs from the related K. typhoides by having strongly keeled leaves in a non-distichous arrangement. Cool in a nerdy way.
Sturdy little Poker from wild-collected seed in South Afica. Named hirsuta for the hirsute or hairy leaves which are rough on the edges if you run your fingers along them. One of the more compact species with hefty distinct two-toned flowers of orange-red and yellow. Easy.
This is from wild-collected seed from South Africa where it grows in marshy places and stream edges. Here, it will thrive in a rich moist soil or perform quite adequately on much less care and attention. Long strappy leaves and tall imperious flowers with reddish orange buds opening to yellowish flowers.
This is a treasure among Pokers. A small statured species with big time bloom from South Africa introduced to the NW by Hedgerows Nursery in OR. This doesn't know the word quit and after a main heavy spring bloom keeps throwing up flowers spikes throughout the season.
Our mama plants were collected by Panyoti Kelaidis and is truly one of the finest Red Hot Pokers. If we had to choose just one Poker, this would be among the ten or so we would have to have. Stout gray-green leaves and chunky often reblooming salmon and yellow flowers.
Collected in Africa and named by plantsman John Grimshaw, this is likely the first offering in the US of this selection which we brought back from Michael Wickenden's Cally Gardens in Scotland. Muted orange buds open to muffled yellow-apricot flowers that are not strident but mingles well. Kichocheo is "Poker" in Swahili.
The penultimate 'Poker in our opinion at this particular moment. Tall wands of orange tubulat flowers well spaced on the stem evoke images of Aloes in Southern California. A good spreader which quickly makes a clump. I generally view this barefoot as it knocks my socks off anyway.
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