Common name: Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily
Origin: South Africa
Height at maturity: 1.2 meter
Plant type: flowering plant
Flowering: summer to fall
Flower color: red yellow
Type of soil: rich and deep even limestone
Use: in the garden in the ground, isolated, borders, container culture
Diseases and pests: slugs and snails
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Tritoma caulescens is a perennial plant with evergreen foliage which, although it comes from South Africa, is adapted to temperate climates where winters can be very cold.
Indeed, the plant resists without worries to negative temperatures of the order of -15°C. However, it may be necessary to mulch the soil in winter to prevent any negative temperature increases.
In spring, fleshy leaves develop which are accompanied at the end of spring by floral stems which support red and yellow flowers at their end.
Very easy to grow, it does not require any special maintenance other than keeping the soil moist in hot weather. It will like full sun but a partial shade exposure also suits it but it will not flower.