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CROCOSMIA x crocosmiiflora
Herbaceous perennials native to South Africa, crocosmias are best known in gardens by this variable and showy hybrid. In summer, its spreading clumps of sword-like leaves give rise to tall, slender, arching spikes of tubular orange, red or yellow flowers with six flaring lobes. Plants grow from bulb-like corms that spread by underground stolons. Numerous cultivars are available, including some dating back 100 years or more.
This plant is striking in the sunny border when grown in fertile, well-drained soil. In colder climates, mulching will improve its winter hardiness, or its corms can be lifted and stored. It attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and is excellent for cutting. A vigorous spreader, it has escaped the garden in some areas and should be divided every few years to maintain a nice clump.
9 - 3
6 - 9
H1, H2, 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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Yellow, Red, Orange
Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border
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