Genus: Falling stars

Crocosmia

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Falling stars (Crocosmia)
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Synonyms:  Antholyza
Iridaceae
Crocosmia's iris family lineage can be seen in its lance-shaped, pointed leaves and colorful flowers. The blooms are funnel-shaped and top wiry stems in midsummer to late summer. They make great cut flowers, and the plants are useful in a shrub garden, border, or cut flower garden. Be sure to grow them in good-sized clumps for best effect.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Iris-like leaves and brightly colored flowers on wiry stems. Excellent cut flowers. Tough plants that are easy to grow.
Care:  Provide full sun or partial shade and humusy, moist but well-drained soil. Divide congested clumps in spring.
Propagation: 

Divide in spring before new growth commences, or sow seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe.

Problems: 

Spider mites.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Crocosmia

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Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
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'Star of the East' crocosmia
Crocosmia 'Star of the East'
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Montbretia
Crocosmia  × crocosmiiflora