nkniphofiaa plant of the genus Kniphofia having long grasslike leaves and tall scapes of red or yellow drooping flowers
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nkniphofiaA genus of large and showy liliaceous plants of the tribe Hemerocalleœ, having long, narrow leaves and reflexed spiked flowers with a narrow tubular perianth, short lobes, and hypogynous Stamens. The dense racemes or spikes of yellow or scarlet flowers are borne at the summit of tall, simple, leafless scapes, and are very showy and handsome. There are about 20 species, growing in South Africa and Madagascar. Several of these are in cultivation as hardy plants, and are very effective in lawns or in front of shrubbery. Among these, K. Burchellii, K. aurea, and K. recurvata are perhaps the best known, and are called torch-lilies. K. aloides is called the queen's-lily, and in the West Indies it goes by the name of red-hot poker plant. These plants are best known to florists under the name Tritoma, which has given way to the older name Kniphofia, under the rule of priority.
The blazing yellow torch lilies (Kniphofia) in Barbara Duno's Santa Fe garden look like pampered prima donnas.