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I'm Principal Scientist for Botany at the RHS and work on the correct naming of plants and manage the RHS Herbarium. I am part of an expedition to South Africa this January to study Kniphofia and their natural hybrids.

Expedition to see Kniphofia in South Africa

Posted by Chris Whitehouse on 24 Feb 2012 at 03:21 PM


This page is to act as a summary of my expedition to find Kniphofia, red hot pokers, with links through to the relevant day's blog for those who may have missed them.  A copy of the full report from the trip can be found here:  It is also a chance to thank all those who have helped me along the way, whether giving advice, either beforehand or on the trip itself, showing me around, or making my stay at the various B&Bs/cottages so pleasant.  I won't name people explicitly here for fear of missing someone out but hopefully the links through to relevant places is a small way of showing my appreciation.

Introduction - Poking around in South Africa
Field Guides of South Africa
Jan 24 - Road work botany - Johannesburg airport to Colesberg, Kuilfontein Farm
Jan 25 - Mr Tuck's poker - Kuilfontein Farm, Colesberg
Jan 26 - Journey over the edge - Colesberg to Joubertina
Jan 27 - The original red hot poker - Joubertina to Hogsback, King's Lodge
Jan 28 - Hogsback in flower - Gaika's Kop & Tor Doone, Hogsback
Jan 29 - Eastern Cape wilderness - Hogsback to Rhodes, Walkerbouts Inn
Jan 30 - On top of the Cape - Tiffindell & Ben McDhui
Jan 31 - South African flower quiz - Rhodes to Bushman's Nek, Elton Farm
Feb 1 - Gambling doesn't pay - Mount Sutherland
Feb 2 - Graceful and tall - Bushman's Nek to Durban
Feb 3 - A day with the experts - Durban & the Botanic Gardens
Feb 4 - An unexpected hike - Durban to Highmoor, Heronmoor Retreat
Feb 5 - A mix of pokers - Highmoor
Feb 6 - Pokers in the mist - Highmoor to Cathedral Peak, Didima Camp
Feb 7 - Tantalising glimpses - Cathedral Peak
Feb 8 - Third pass lucky - Cathedral Peak to Oliviershoek, Dumbe
Feb 9 - Dumb and Dumbe - Dumbe
Feb 10 - A British summertime drive - Oliviershoek to Buffelskloof Private Nature Reserve
Feb 11 - Good day, bad day - Lydenburg area
Feb 12 - Pokerhunters - Piet Retief area
Feb 13 - The last poker - Buffelskloof Private Nature Reserve to Johannesburg airport
Index to Kniphofia - A medley of pokers

And if you are interested in trying to grow any of the beautiful plants mentioned in my blog, then why not check to see if the seeds are available from Silverhill Seeds or African Bulbs.  Alternatively, search for plants on the RHS Plant Finder.


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