A cormous, herbaceous perennial with a robust and very upright growing habit up to 1.6m tall when in flower. It has mid-green, pleated blade-like leaves and arching deep red flower stems bearing glowing orange, tubular flowers that have a paler orange throat, from mid to late summer. It is an impactful and reliable flowerer that can grow in shade or dry conditions.
Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
West–facing or East–facing or South–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
Crocosmia are deciduous cormous perennials with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped flowers in summer
- Name status
How to grow
Corms should be planted in moderately fertile, humus rich soil approximately 10cm deep and 7.5–10cm apart in groups to form clumps. Water if it is a dry season as a lack of water reduces flowering. Has the potential to become a nuisance in some gardens if not managed well.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Cut flowers
No pruning required, except the removal of dead leaves and flower stems before new growth starts in spring.
May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite
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