Poker col­lec­tion achieves na­tional sta­tus

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Acol­lec­tion of 2,000 red-hot pok­ers at the Eden Pro­ject has been given Na­tional Col­lec­tion sta­tus by con­ser­va­tion char­ity Plant Her­itage, a first for the Corn­wall-based at­trac­tion.

The strik­ing range of 79 va­ri­eties were planted in 2016 on a steeply slop­ing acre of land, with the world­fa­mous biomes as a back­drop. A fur­ther 21 species and va­ri­eties will be planted out next year.

Al­ready the dis­play of dif­fer­ent forms, dubbed ‘Bright Sparks’, has pro­vided a suc­ces­sion of blooms from May to Oc­to­ber, sup­ple­mented by other plants from South Africa, or­na­men­tal grasses and tra­chy­car­pus palms. Lester El­liott, keeper of the only other Na­tional Col­lec­tion, on the Isle of Wight, has of­fered to find va­ri­eties the gar­den can’t find.

“We’ve a strate­gic plan that will max­imise its value, gen­er­ate re­search and con­trib­ute to the con­ser­va­tion of threat­ened kniphofia species in Africa,” said Dr Mike Maun­der, Eden’s Direc­tor of Life Sci­ences.

Visit www.eden­pro­ject.com; tel: 01726 811911.

Ap­pren­tice Jurin Lenz-Wil­liams and hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Katie McBride check Eden’s pok­ers E m ily W hi t fie ld - W ic ks

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