RHS team in quest to track down Kniphofia 'Atlanta'

RHS botanists are on the hunt for a plant variety that has an intriguing Cornish history.

The RHS Herbarium team at Wisley, where there are 75,000 plant specimens, is trying to find an original Kniphofia ‘Atlanta', commonly known as a red-hot poker plant. The cultivar ‘Atlanta' is linked to the Tintagel area and is particularly distinctive because of its early flowering time — from late April to May — and its stamens, which protrude beyond the mouth of the flower.

Herbarium keeper Dr Christopher Whitehouse said: "We know that Neil Treseder of the famous Treseder's Nursery in Truro found it growing in the garden of the Atlanta Hotel in Tintagel in 1962. However, we believe that it was obtained from a Surrey garden 10 years previously where it probably grew under another name.  Although the Atlanta Hotel has been re-developed and Treseder's closed down many years ago, to resolve this conundrum we're looking to find other plants that may have originated from the Atlanta Hotel in the Tintagel area. We'd like people to send photographs of their May-flowering Kniphofia to rhsherbarium@rhs.org.uk to help us in our quest."

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