Good to know: Giving this perennial winter protection could ensure its survival in zone 5. Well worth the trouble as this is a dramatic statement in the garden and loved by pollinators. It does not require a fertile soil but will satisfy the gardener with a multiude of summer blooms.

Common name: Red Hot Poker

Zone: 5-9

Height: 3-3.5'

Spread: 2'

Bloom: July/August

Light requirements: full sun

photo courtesy of Walter's Gardens

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