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Crocosmia 'Ellenbank Firecrest'

montbretia 'Ellenbank Firecrest'

'Ellenbank Firecrest' is a deciduous perennial to 60cm tall with sword-shaped leaves. Arching stems bear funnel-shaped, yellow flowers with wide, dark orange to red margins from mid-summer into autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Orange Red Yellow Green
Autumn Orange Red Yellow Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Crocosmia are deciduous cormous perennials with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped flowers in summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 8-10cm deep in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained and preferably sandy soil in full sun or partial shade; in colder areas plant somewhere with shelter from cold drying winds, such as near a wall, and protect in winter with a thick, dry, organic mulch; if clumps become congested, divide them in early spring. Has the potential to become a nuisance in some gardens if not managed well

Propagation

Propagate by division of established clumps in spring, just before new growth starts

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required, except removal of dead leaves and flower stems before new growth starts in spring

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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