Montbretia

Crocosmia  × crocosmiiflora

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Montbretia (Crocosmia  × crocosmiiflora)
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Synonyms:  Crocosmia aurea × Crocosmia pottsii
Genus:  Crocosmia
Montbretia looks like a small gladiolus until it blooms in late summer, when abundant sprays of orange, gold, or yellow star-shaped flowers are held by gracefully thin, arching, zigzag stems rising from a cluster of pale green, sword-shaped leaves.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Sometimes invasive. Excellent cut flowers.
Care:  This South African native thrives in warm, south-facing locations with good drainage. Site near a wall where not reliably hardy. Apply a thick layer of mulch in winter. Lift and divide clumps in spring to maintain vigor.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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