Common name: Red Hot Poker / Torch Lily
Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ is a prolific blooming, compact, red hot poker that bears lots and lots of papaya colored flower spikes from early summer to late autumn.
Growing less than 2' tall, this exotic looking beauty packs a tropical punch with a never ceasing procession of brightly colored orange and yellow tubular flowers on strong sturdy stems that push up to proudly rise above charming, grass-like foliage. An easy and dependable grower, the flowering can begin as early as June and keep coming all the way through to autumn and perhaps even into early winter.
Flower Color: Red and Yellow shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Sun Tolerance: Full Sun
Preferred Soil Type: Well drained soil
USDA Plant Hardiness: Zone 6 (5 with protection)
Plant Height: 12–20”
Plant Spread: 18”
Where To Use
Rising like rockets, the dramatic, upright spikes of the Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ create an impressive, architectural impact in sunny sites. They are perfect for adding a bold, vertical accent to areas with flat spreading ground cover and are especially good popping up in rock gardens, sloping beds, and banks.
The rich, warm colors bring a sense of vitality and zest to beds near patios and paved areas, plus they are long flowering and drought tolerant. Mixed beds and borders, foundation plantings, shrub beds, perennial plantings, and container combinations will all shine with luxuriant color when ‘Papaya Popsicle’ shoots up to show off its striking color.
Attracts The Right Wildlife
Hummingbirds love red colored tubular flowers; they flit back and forth sipping on the nectar and because Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ is so prolific in flowering, your garden is certain to become a favorite feeding station in the neighborhood. In gardens where deer, rabbits, voles, and groundhogs are a problem, Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ is the answer. There's something in the plant's makeup that usually prevents critters from indulging.
Nice Cut Flowers
Finally, the flowers last well when picked. They make lovely cut flower arrangements, and when they are combined with dark foliage, they bring a warming glow of exotic brilliance to any home setting.
Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ is hardy anywhere in our area (Zone 6), and with a little winter protection (piling up an extra think layer of mulch around the crown in late autumn) can be over-wintered successfully in colder zones, too. Wherever you grow it, you will find that it is among the easiest of perennials to grow.
Choose a sunny site with well-drained soil and you will find it easy and satisfying to grow. Follow the planting directions on the tags (which include digging a generous sized hole, incorporating plenty of planting compost around the roots, and then finishing off with a layer of mulch to help retain moisture), and of course make sure to water well until the new roots become established.
Because Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ flowers so abundantly, it is a good idea to snip out old, spent flower stems; this will keep the clumps looking fresh and tidy and make way for the renewal flower shoots that appear from the base of the clump. Except for an early spring tidy up after the winter has passed, there is little else that needs to be done.
It is seldom bothered by pests or diseases, and it doesn't need any staking or tying. Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ will happily grow without much maintenance.
The flamboyance of Red Hot Pokers has been enjoyed by European gardeners for at least a century and a half. Ever since the first plants were introduced from South Africa in the late 1700s, they have captured attention. Some species are tall, gawky in habit, and rather tender, but others hail from higher elevations where the temperatures are colder and the conditions are tougher. It is from these species that Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ is derived.
Bred and introduced by Terra Nova nurseries in Canby, Oregon, it is part of their Popsicle™ series - a range of compact growing, strongly re-blooming pokers that are named after ice cream colors. In our trials, we have found Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ to be the tastiest and best performer, and it is with pleasure that we introduce it to you so you can enjoy it in your garden, too.
We have lots of gorgeous, premium sized Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ in stock here at our garden center. They are freshly delivered and in prime condition, ready to plant and add a dramatic blast of color around your home.
Kniphofia ‘Papaya Popsicle’ is yet another great example of how our Garden Splendor plants represent the finest selections we can secure - easy to grow, top performing garden plants that are carefully selected for this area and backed up with good old no nonsense experience and garden "know how". That's why Garden Splendor plants make gardening easier, more beautiful, more fulfilling, and more successful, and why they are described as Plants Worth Remembering™.