Sunday, November 09, 2008

Torch Lily

Torch Lily
Kniphofia uvaria
(nip-HOFF-ee-uh) (oo-VAR-ee-uh)
Synonyms: Red Hot Poker, Tritoma

These were my favorite flowers I photographed while in California. Not because they are the most beautiful or the most technically proficient but more of the location and how I came upon them. While driving around, a little lost, over Sonoma Mountain I came to a sharp downhill curve and there they were. A nice little stand of Kniphofia in the middle of nowhere. The early morning sunshine was illuminating them nicely.

The genus Kniphofia is named for the German Professor of Medicine and botanist at Erfurt University, Johann Hieronymus Kniphof (1704-1763). This flower has been featured on this site before so if you’re interested click the label at the bottom of this post.

Definitely going to try and get a few pictures today. I can’t really decide where to go but will figure out something once I start driving.


S-V-H said...

What a beautiful flower!! I never have seen this one. Very pretty!

Zoƫ said...

I have a few different ones in my own Garden, they seem to do well in the UK too.