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Knephofia

Kniphofia spp

Afrikaans: Vuurpyl

English :    Red hot poker

IsiXhosa:   Ixonja


Description and diagnostic features   

   It grows flat on the ground with long spiky leaves sticking up. From the orange stem in the ground not only the leaves grow but a  hollow flower stalk pushes up beyond  the leaves and has a head of hanging yellow and red flowers.


Part used     

    The flower nectar can be used in cosmetics.

     The orange stem and roots are mostly used to make a tea.

Uses                

     The root tea is used to clean the uterus and make young women fertile.


Warning          unknown  to me


Habitat             

   It grows in damper places like in runoff ditches and next to streams.

Propagation    

  Stem division is the easiest way of propagating the plant.