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Crocosmia crocosmiiflora George Davison

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Montbretia

Perfect for a tropical looking boarder

Arching spikes of amber-yellow, freesia-like flowers arise from a tall handsome clump of green, sword-shaped leaves from mid to late summer. Superb for any hot planting scheme or where a splash of late season colour is required. It makes a long lasting cut flower too.

Where?

Perfect for large container or sunny mixed border.

How?

Easy to grow in a fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Use good quality loam based compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Montbretia are closely related to irises and gladioli, and they originate from the grasslands of southern and eastern Africa.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available June - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From June to September