CROCOSMIA

FAMILY: Iridaceae

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Corms
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Native to tropical and southern Africa. Formerly called tritonia; related to freesia. Sword-shaped leaves grow in basal clumps; small orange, red, or yellow flowers bloom in summer. Useful for splashes of garden color; good cut flowers.

montbretia

crocosmia x crocosmiiflora

  • A favorite for generations, montbretias can still be seen in older gardens, where they have spread freely, bearing orange-crimson, 1- to 2 inches blossoms on stems 34 feet tall.
  • Leaves are 3 feet long.
  • Many once-common named forms are making a comeback; col- ors include yellow, orange, cream, and near-scarlet.
  • Good for naturalizing on slopes or in fringe areas.
  • Spreads quickly when happy.

crocosmia hybrids

  • Sturdy plants with branching spikes of showy flowers.
  • Some are sold as selections of Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora.

Bressingham Beacon

  • To 3 feet tall.
  • Brilliant orange buds open to orange-and-yellow flowers.
  • Purple stems.

Bright Eyes

  • To 20 inches high.
  • Bright orange flowers with red centers.
  • Heavy bloomer.

Emberglow

  • To 2 feet high.
  • Burnt orange-red flowers with yellow throat.

Emily McKenzie

  • Grows to 2 feet tall.
  • Orange with red eye.

Honey Angels

  • ('Citronella').
  • Grows to 2 feet high: bright yellow flowers.

Jenny Bloom

  • To 23 feet tall.
  • Golden yellow flowers.

Little Redhead

  • Bright red-orange flowers on 20 inches-high stems.
  • Heavy bloomer.

Lucifer

  • To 4 feet tall.
  • Popular selection with bright red blossoms.

Star of the East

  • To 2 feet high.
  • Spreads slowly.
  • Clear orange blooms with burgundy markings and a lighter orange center.

Venus

  • To 2 feet high.
  • Peachy yellow flowers with maroon-blotched throats.
  • Purple stems.

Walberton Yellow

  • ('Walcroy').
  • Large, golden yellow flowers with curved petals.
  • Heavy blooming to 2 feet tall.

Plant in well-drained, enriched soil; set corms 2 inches deep, 3 inches apart. Where winter temperatures remain above 10F, needs no winter protection. Where lows range from 10F to 5F, provide winter mulch. In colder areas, dig and store over winter. Divide clumps only when vigor, flower quality begin to decline.

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