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Blooms of Bressingham
The fiery flowers of this upright herbaceous perennial set the garden aglow during summer's dog days. Developed by famed British plantsman Alan Bloom, it is one of many garden hybrids of the South African genus Crocosmia, which are sometimes known as montbretias.
From mid to late summer, 'Mistral' bears arching wands of upfacing orange-red flowers. Resembling miniature daylilies, the six-lobed, long-tubed blooms cluster along thigh-high stems above pleated, erect, iris-like leaves. The plants grow from corms which spread moderately by underground stolons.
Plant montbretia in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. In colder regions, plant it near a wall and protect it with a blanket of mulch applied after the ground freezes. In areas where it is not hardy, dig the corms and store them indoors in potting mix for the winter. Divide the clumps every few years to retain vigor. Grow montbretia in mixed borders where you want a splash of bright color. Plant extra to cut. The flowers attract hummingbirds.
9 - 3
6 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
23"-30" / 58.4cm - 76.2cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Green, Light Green
Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border
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