Plants - Perennials

The classic grace of crocosmia

By
Carol Hall

A once-forgotten perennial from the Victorian era is making a comeback in modern gardens


New choices and old favourites
The range of heights, flower colours and sizes, habit and foliage types of crocosmia species and hybrids listed below reflect the multitude of choices now available. These are among the most popular.

Crocosmia X Crocosmiflora (crocosmia, montbretia)
Small flowers are shaded yellow, orange and scarlet; slender, sword-like foliage
Height: 75 cm
Bloom time: July to Sept.
Zone: 6

C. Paniculata (syn. Curtonus paniculata, Antholyza paniculatus)
Long, slender, tubular, red-orange flowers; very broad, strongly pleated leaves
Height: 120 cm
Bloom time: Aug. to Sept.
Zone: 7

Crocosmia 'Emberglow'
Very large flowers of burnt orange with red overtones; narrow, reed-like foliage
Height: 60 cm
Bloom time: July to Sept.
Zone: 5*

Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie'
Golden orange flowers with rusty red throat; broad leaves
Height: 60 cm
Bloom time: Aug. to Sept.
Zone: 6

Crocosmia 'George Davidson'
Small, clear yellow flowers from yellow-orange buds; medium leaves
Height: 75 cm
Bloom time: July to Sept.
Zone: 5*

Crocosmia 'Jenny Bloom'
Prolific, small, deep gold flowers; slender leaves; vigorous grower
Height: 80 cm
Bloom time: July to Sept.
Zone: 5*

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
Medium large, brilliant red flowers; large, wide, pleated leaves
Height: 120 cm
Bloom time: June to Aug.
Zone: 5*

Crocosmia 'Solfatare' (syn. 'Solfaterre')
Older cultivar, valued for its pale apricot-yellow flowers; narrow, bronze foliage
Height: 60 cm
Bloom time: July to Sept.
Zone: 7

Crocosmia 'Bressingham Blaze'
Open-throated flowers of intense, flaming orange-red; handsome pleated foliage
Height: 75 cm
Bloom time: July to Aug.
Zone: 5*

*With snow cover or deep mulch

Top photo: Crocosmia 'Emberglow'

 

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