Winter Red-Hot Poker – Veltheimia bracteata

On my most recent visit to Longwood Gardens I photographed two varieties of a fascinating flower – the Winter Red Hot Poker. I’d seen the more common red hot poker flowers on a few ocassions with their red, orange and yellow flowers. The winter red hot pokers are primarily a single color when they bloom with a bit of green at the tips.

Winter Red Hot Pokers are a deciduous bulb native to South Africa. Also known as forest lilies, the flowers come in a variety of colors ranging from whites and yellows through deep pink. Plantzafrica has full information on growing these wonderful flowers.

The first set of Winter Red Hot Poker flowers I photographed were of the yellow variety.

Winter Red Hot Poker - Veltheimia bracteata(c) 2010 Patty Hankins

Winter Red Hot Poker - Veltheimia bracteata(c) 2010 Patty Hankins

And then I found several pink Winter Red Hot Pokers

Winter Red Hot Poker - Veltheimia bracteata

(c) 2010 Patty Hankins

Winter Red Hot Poker - Veltheimia bracteata(c) 2010 Patty Hankins

Winter Red Hot Poker - Veltheimia bracteata(c) 2010 Patty Hankins

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2 Responses to “Winter Red-Hot Poker – Veltheimia bracteata”

  1. SHAZnyc Says:

    I love these. Great post.

  2. Nora Says:

    I’d like to get a start of the pink winter red hot pokers. I think they are so beautiful and very unusual. Any idea where I could find them?

    Thanks,
    Nora


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