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Sunday, June 8, 2014

NEED A BIT OF A PROD?

If so, you might try a Red Hot Poker!  I have a photo.


The gals down at the Prescott Valley Nursery assure me that's the correct name for this plant.  Although it also is known as a torch lily or a tritoma.  Technically it is a Kniphofia.  It was named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th Century German physician and botanist. Don't think he ever made it to Arizona but his plant did.

The blossom only lasts for a few days but the lower part is an evergreen and stays year-round.

And that's your botany lesson for today.

7 comments:

Lowandslow said...

Very pretty plant. If they only bloom in AZ in the summer, I'll probably live out the rest of my life without ever seeing one in the flesh. ;)

S

Stephen Hayes said...

I don't think I've ever seen one of these. They look like they could have come from an alien world.

Val said...

Well, it has the Corpse Flower beat.

Should Fish More said...

Aptly named.

Steve said...

Thanks for the lesson. Nice photo.

Thérèse said...

They always made me think of corn candies!

Tom Cochrun said...

It's a beaut isn't it? We have them here too. I had not heard, but love, the name
Torch Lilly.