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Crocosmia 'Babylon'

Montbretia

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Orange

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Crocosmias, commonly called montbretia, make dense clumps of upright iris-like foliage. This is the perfect foil for their delicate freesia-shaped sprays of flowers which appear from midsummer through early autumn. 'Babylon' produces branched spikes of downward-facing flowers of bright orange, these open wider than some of the more traditional varieties to give an attractive star-like appearance. It is ideal for growing in swathes through the herbaceous border or for use in prairie-style plantings along with grasses. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Plants benefit from regular division to prevent the clumps from becoming overcrowded.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocosmia

Cultivar: Babylon

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to divide plants: March to May


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