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Red Hot Poker
Add this can’t-miss perennial to a cottage garden or mixed border for an eye-catching burst of color that is both whimsical and architectural. Red hot poker blooms intermittently from late spring until fall and adds bold texture and color to the scene. Exceptionally easy to grow with a wide hardiness range, red hot poker is a great addition to any full-sun planting spot.
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Part Sun, Sun
3 to 8 feet
1 to 2 feet wide
Garden Plans for Red Hot Poker
Play with shape and texture when choosing planting companions for red hot poker. With red hot poker's bold, upright spikes, a host of mounding plants and perennials with curved leaves and flowers make excellent planting companions. Consider these favorites: purple coneflower, all types of perennial salvia, agave, Russian sage, and sedum.
Red Hot Poker Care Must-Knows
Plant container-grown plants in early spring in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Spread a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch over the plant's root zone to preserve soil moisture and prevent weeds. Water newly planted red hot poker weekly for the first growing season in the garden. Clip spent flower blossoms to promote rebloom. Plants will send up a flush of flower spikes in late spring or early summer and continue blooming through the growing season if spent flowers are removed.
Red hot poker doesn't tolerate division well, but you can divide the plant if you want to create more plants. Divide using a sharp spade to slice through the plant's root system. Transplants should have a large mass of roots and many aboveground stems. Replant all divisions in the spring, and be prepared to wait 2 to 3 years before the transplants bloom.
Grow These New Varieties
'Pineapple Popsicle' dwarf poker, a hummingbird favorite, is a reblooming cultivar with yellow pineapple-colored spikes that bloom all season long. Its grassy foliage grows about 2 feet tall. 'Flamenco' red hot poker has 8-inch spikes of red, orange, and yellow florets on the same stalk and makes a dynamic cut flower. 'Mango Popsicle' dwarf poker has yellow-orange blooms and 12- to 18-inch-tall reed-like foliage. 'Redhot Popsicle' poker is a dwarf plant with foliage growing just 14–16 inches tall and flower spikes standing 20 inches tall.