Kniphofia ritualis, the Lesotho poker, grows as the name suggests, in Lesotho and adjacent higher altitude parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape. The habitat is typically exposed, summer rainfall grassland.
The plant reaches heights of 80 cm when flowering. The leaves are narrow and linear, V-shaped in cross-section and finely toothed along the margins. The flowers are tubular in shape, nodding from a dense erect raceme. Flower colour is orange-red, opening to pale yellow. Stamens hardly protrude from the open flowers.
This is a good garden plant, suited to well-drained, sunny positions, requiring average to ample watering. The plant is semi-deciduous. It attracts birds during both the flowering and fruiting phases (Manning, 2009).