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Pineapple Popsicle™ Torchlily

Category:

An excellent, compact, re-blooming variety with stunning yellow and creamy-white flower stalks, creating an unusual border or container planting; makes a great cutflower and attracts hummingbirds

Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Red-hot Poker, Flame Flower, Tritoma
Average Landscape Height:
26 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Kniphofia
Cultivar:
Pineapple Popsicle
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
over mound
Canopy:
low
Density:
open
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
16 inches
Flower Color:
yellow
Flower Bicolor:
white
Flower Form:
tubular
Flower Period:
from early to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Pineapple Popsicle™ Torchlily features bold spikes of yellow tubular flowers with white overtones at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Pineapple Popsicle™ Torchlily is an open herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Pineapple Popsicle™ Torchlily will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Pineapple Popsicle™ Torchlily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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