Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’
A useful dwarf variety that is half the height of other Kniphofia but just as impressive. Unlike its bigger family members, Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’ is perfect for smaller gardens. Large pale yellow blooms rise and sit strongly above neat and narrow winter dormant foliage. These blooms fade through to a beautiful ivory white as they age.
Poor old “Red Hot Pokers” got a bad reputation, because the foliage clumps became too rampantly untidy, coarse and messy. They were far too much for all but the largest gardens
But the neat, compact foliage on ‘Little Maid’ has put this old complaint to bed.
Exceptionally long flowering
Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’ blooms for a remarkably long season, with a succession of pokers from early summer constantly right through autumn. They are very long lasting in both the garden and a vase.
An easy option that is the most perfectly behaved poker, suitable for even the smallest gardens.
As tough as old boots – almost anywhere
As with many of the Poker family, ‘Little Maid’ is almost indestructible and very drought tolerant once established. A very water-wise choice.
She thrives in Full Sun to 1/2 Shade.
As well as being hardy in frost, heat, dry, poor soil, and just about anything. Plus she is very suitable for seaside gardens.
Also grows well in sandy, rocky and gravel soils, and loves sharp drainage. Either acid or alkaline lime soils are tolerated well. However will sulk and leave you rapidly in wet, heavy soils.
Growing: Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 30cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Part Shade.
– Soil: Grows well in sandy, rocky and gravel soils, and loves sharp drainage. Tolerates acid or alkaline lime soils. Suits seaside gardens.
– Fragrance; Sadly no, but the birds frolicking on it make up for that.
– Frost: Very frost hardy to below -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial clump.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Our New Holland Honeyeater native birds adore the pokers and will perform somersaults to feast nectar from them. Bees and butterflies are also well fed.
– Care: Very easy, low care and maintenance. The only work is to prune off spent flower spires at the end of the season and just give the clump a little tidy up.
Red Hot Poker History
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Fortunately the foliage is too tough to be to their taste.
– Origin: The parents of ‘Little Maid’ are native to hot and dry areas of southern and tropical Africa, Madagascar, Arabia.
– History: All the common names such as “red hot poker”, “rocket flower” and “torch lily” all praise the wonderful flower spires.
The Genus name of Kniphofia honours Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, a talented German physician and botanist in the 1700’s.