The tritoma, kniphofias or false aloe is a beautiful perennial native to South Africa. Its flowering is quite original while the decorative effect is guaranteed.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Kniphofia
Family : Liliaceae
Type : Perennial
Height : 50 to 150 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Limestone
Flowering : June to November
Maintenance is quite easy for this flower, which will quickly find its place at the bottom of a bed in your garden.
It is recommended to plant the tritomas in spring respecting a 40 cm spacing between each plant.
- A well-drained soil is strongly recommended, especially for winter
- Prefer a sunny location to have a beautiful flowering
- The planting depth is approximately 10-15 cm
- Group your tritoma by 3 or 4 per m2 for a beautiful decorative effect
You can mix your soil with flowering plant potting soil for better results.
Tritoma pruning and maintenance
Very easy to maintain, the tritoma shouldn't be a problem for you, especially when properly installed.
- Remove faded flowers as you go.
- Cover the foot with mulch to maintain moisture in spring and summer as tritoma dreads drought.
Even if the tritoma is quite frost resistant (down to -13 °), protect the foot of your tritoma with a good mulching in winter if the climate in your area is cold.
To know about the tritoma
Very original, this perennial that is also sometimes called "False aloe " or "Brand of Satan Is remarkable for its flowering.
Shades of red, orange and yellow give a flamboyant effect with its erect stems that are sure to be noticed in a bed or in the middle of a bouquet.
Quite rustic in our regions, the tritoma is resistant to low or even negative temperatures and can sometimes flower until December.
A particularly honey-bearing plant, the tritoma will participate advantageously in pollination in your garden.
Smart tip about tritoma
Adding fertilizer in the spring can improve flowering.
To read also:
- Multiply your tritomas by division of the tuft