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Crocosmia (kroh-koz-mee-uh); Copper-Tip. Iris Family, (Iridaceae). Tender, cormous plants from South Africa. Sword-shaped leaves grow directly from the corm, with a slender, branching flower spike appearing in late summer. Crocosmias give bright spots of color in the late-summer garden and are particularly suitable for cutting. Closely related to gladiolus, they should be handled in the same way: plant out the corms in spring in sunny, well-drained soil, and can be lifted and the corms stored in peat for the winter.

Crocosmia performs in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil, that does not become waterlogged. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Its fleshy roots (corms) should be planted in spring 2 to 4 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart. Crocosmia has a tendency to quickly grow and overcrowd itself, and may need dividing every 2 to 3 years. Alternatively, offsets of the original plant may be lifted and moved.

Plants are generally only winter hardy to 0 F. In zones 1 through 4 (and probably 5 and 6), corms should be lifted and stored indoors over the winter, much like gladiolus, cannas or dahlias (do not allow them to dry out completely). In zones 5 through 7, deep winter mulch will help to protect the roots.

Attributes: Border plants, Container, Cut flowers (frequently used in commercial floral arrangements), Mass planting. Attracts hummingbirds.

  • Crocosmia 'Prince of Orange'
Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Crocosmia 'Prince of Orange' (25) BR Plants

    Crocosmia 'Prince of Orange' (25) BR Plants Developed for its exceptional seed pods in fallVivid red-orange blossoms with distinctive, burgundy speckled, gold centerUpright clump of dark green, sword-like foliageBlooms midsummer through late...

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  • Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
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    Brilliant flame red flowers
    The hardiest Montbretia we offer (zone 5)
    Perfect for floral bouquets and the garden alike

    Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (25) BR Plants

    Crocosmia 'Lucifer' Common Name: Montbretia. Zone: 5 to 9. Full Sun to part shade. Height: 36 to 42 inches tall, spread 12 to 18 inches. Moderate growth, clump-forming plant from bulbs or corms. Beginning in midsummer and continuing thru early fall,...

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