Kniphofia is an African native (mostly
South African) that is comprised of a lot of different species. The most
common is K. uvaria and its many varieties. True to its temperate
heritage, it prefers a slightly drier soil or at least one that drains
very well. It does seem to tolerate varying degrees of sun and shade.
Over time the plant does get messy and
needs to be cleaned up. Dead blades of grass can be removed by pulling from
underneath the plant or, if the plant becomes very untidy, it can be sheared
back to about four inches above the ground. Flower spikes can be removed at
anytime, however, if the flower stalks are allowed to make seeds, the
finches will come and feed on the seeds.