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.
- 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