Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily
Native to grasslands from the eastern Cape Province to KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and in Swaziland, this perennial sports a tuft of narrow, keeled, grasslike leaves. The solitary, very tall, Aloe-like inflorescence holds a terminal cluster of flowers that are dark orange red in bud and turn yellowish when opening. In cultivation it is hardy to at least USDA Zone 8 even though it will freeze to the ground in winter. Seeds are best sown in trays and only thinly covered and germinate easily in 1 to 2 months.