Kniphofia galpinii Baker
Kniphofia galpinii is a perennial.
Kniphofia galpinii was described by John Gilbert Baker in 1896. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials reach heights of 60 to 80 centimetres.
Kniphofia galpinii is evergreen. The simple leaves are basal. They are linear with entire margins. The leaves are around 30 to 40 centimetres large and have a glabrous surface.
Flowers and Fruits
Kniphofia galpinii produces racemes of orange tubular flowers from September to October.
The perennials produce loculicidal capsules.
Kniphofia galpinii is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy and comparatively rich. They tolerate temperatures down to -12Â°C (USDA zone 8).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- flower beds (rich soil)
- open areas
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- high: road salt
The perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 10. Suited for rockeries and for perennial borders, as well as suited as specimen plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
- The brighter the light the better the development of the flowers.
- Remove flower heads in autumn.
- Plant in spring.
- For healthy growth apply potassium-accentuated fertilizer at planting and give horn splinters in autumn.
Propagate by sowing seed in a cold frame in spring or by division in late spring.
Kniphofia galpinii is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
Pests and Diseases
White spots on flowers and leaves in combination with buds that do not open indicate an infestation with thrips. These insects can be controlled by improving ventilation and by watering regularly as well as by using an insecticide or biolocial pest control (predatory mites).
Gnaw marks and slime trails indicate a problem with slugs. Prevent infestation by improving hygiene and by regularly working the soil. In case of an infestation use slug pellets or nematodes to control pest. Handpicking the slug also helps, do this preferably in the evening hours.
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- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.