The Red Hot Pokers are flowering (Kniphofia ‘Winter Cheer’) and this reminds me that last year I assumed that bees didn’t like them, because I hadn’t noticed any bees when I looked at the flowers. Others quickly mentioned that theirs were covered with bees. Sure enough, as the flowers start to go over the bees come in. It’s just a case of timing.
The bees are only interested when the flowers open up, which is when they start to look a little shaggy. They were crazy about this clump of yellow ones, it was full of bees.
And still quite pretty in the right light.
I found that they grow very easily from fresh seed, and cross easily with varieties flowering at the same time. My seeds were from an orange flower and produced a mix of orange and yellow flowering plants.
2 thoughts on “Bee loved Red Hot Pokers”
Kniphofia were never my favourite flowers but somebody gave me a clump and I noticed the bees had a different opinion. Now they have started to look more attractive to me. Odd. Amelia
Me too. I love the lemon coloured one. We so often see the orange one growing on the roadside, alternating with Hydrangeas or agapanthus. I think they can look better.