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Family: AsphodelaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: OrangeLeaf Colour: GreenPosition: SunSoil Type: Dry, well drainedHeight: 60cm to 90cm (2' to 3')RHS Award of Garden Merit: RHS Award of Garden MeritPot Size: 9cm
A new introduction from Bressingham Dell Garden. A grassy leafed form with masses of relatively small spires of clear orange flowers over many months in summer and autumn. 1m.
We first saw 'Penny Rockets' in the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit trial of Kniphofia at Wisley 2007-9. In the trial it exelled and was one of very few that were immediately added to the "must have" list. Found/raised by Jaime Blake, curator at the late Alan Bloom's Dell garden it makes a clump of fresh green foliage and produces a lot of flower spikes over a long season. In the trial flowering was recorded from July to October. It received an Award of Garden Merit.
The flower spikes are quite slender but the clear orange colour (shaded from yellowish through towards reddish) stands out and the fine, elegant appearance makes it an ideal companion for ornamental grasses as well as blue flowered perennials like Agapanthus which will enjoy the same growing conditions. Best in drained, but not dry soil in full sun though a little shade will be tolerated.
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