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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie'

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, are corms which form dense clumps of upright sword-shaped foliage. In midsummer this makes a good background for the sprays of bright orange flowers, carried in branched spikes. It is ideal for the growing in swathes through the herbaceous border and the flowers are excellent for cutting. In very cold areas, the plants need a sheltered site and the bulbs should be lifted and stored over winter. Propagate by division in the spring. The compact C. 'Emily McKenzie' flowers in late summer, its wide, bright orange flowers having a mahogany throat.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocosmia

Species: x crocosmiiflora

Cultivar: Emily McKenzie

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 8cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: July to September


Reader reviews

knuckles

how deep do i need to plant the bulbs


flowering rose

not to deep,they tend to spread everywhere if not kept in check but they are lovely.you can chuck bulbs to one side and forget them the next thing they will be growing.they look lovely in a border in the back.there are many types to choose from and easy to grow on any soil.


greenoasis

My favourite crocosmia.


Artyruss

Found one of these in the bargin bin at my local garden centre, it's a little gem of a crosmia.


asier ibero

Great plant with wonderful flowers!


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