Thursday, May 26, 2011

Red Hot Poker by the sea

When its hot, you go to the beach.  So when you're a Red Hot Poker, perhaps a spot next to the sea would be an ideal spot for you.  The latin name for the Red Hot Poker is Kniphofia and its also sometimes known as a Torch lily or Poker plant.  According the the clever people contributing to Wikipedia, it is a genus of plants in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae (I won't even try to pronounce that), subfamily Asphodeloideae that includes 70 or more species native to Africa.  This specific one stands on the coast close to Schoenmakerskop just outside Port Elizabeth.


  1. It looks rather lonely.

    I saw bunches of them by the Cradle of Humankind Museum. Very striking.

  2. that is an unusual and very beautiful plant.

  3. Beautiful. Most probably Kniphofia rooperi.

  4. I didn't realise these would grow so close to the sea. I expect to see them where it is damp, near streams, and higher up on mountain slopes.

  5. What a really nicely composed photograph Jonker, Let me know If I can use this on my site at all. No pressure at all. Well Done!

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