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Montbretia

Crocosmia  × crocosmiiflora

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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 CharacteristicsSometimes invasive. Excellent cut flowers.

CareThis 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.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsSpider mites.

  • Genus : Crocosmia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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