This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
A small genus of tufted herbs with numerous grass-like flaccid leaves and tall naked scapes surmounted by an oblong or ovoid dense cluster of brilliantly coloured clavate or cylindrical tubular slightly curved flowers with a very short scarcely spreading limb. Stamens hypogynous, usually exserted. Capsule few-seeded. A commemorative name. About half-a-dozen species are known, natives of South Africa.
1. K. aloides, syn. K. uvaria, Tritoma uvaria. - This strikingly beautiful plant is quite hardy in the South of England, and admirably adapted for effective display in isolated clumps on lawns or amongst shrubs. It is certainly one of the most conspicuous ornaments of our gardens in Autumn. Leaves dark glossy green, minutely toothed or scabrid on the edges and midrib. The scapes are from 3 to 5 feet high, and the flowers a bright scarlet or orange-scarlet tipped with yellow.
K. Burchellii differs in its spotted flower-scape and scarlet and yellow flowers tipped with green. K. media and K. pumila are quite similar, though smaller. None of the other species are at all common in gardens.