Common Marsh Poker, Torch Lily
Widespread in marshes, grasslands and along streams in southern Africa, this perennial sports a tuft of narrow, keeled, grasslike leaves. The solitary inflorescence holds a terminal cluster of flowers that are red in bud and turn yellow when opening. In cultivation it is hardy to at least USDA Zone 7 even though it will freeze to the ground in winter with heavy freezes. Seeds are best sown in trays and only thinly covered and germinate easily in 1 to 2 months.