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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Mars'

Crocosmia

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Orange

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Visions, copyright GAP Photos (61867)

Plant details

An easy plant to grow, this crocosmia forms dense clumps of mid-green, strappy leaves with upright swords of red-orange, freesia-like flowers with a delicate ring of yellow around the outer petals. 'Mars' is a fast-growing plant which clumps up quickly and flowers profusely. The plant is happiest planted in the border but it will grow in a large pot if it has a steady supply of water. Crocosmia are excellent plants for wildlife gardening as they attract both hoverflies and bumble bees. If possible, resist the urge to tidy up straggly or faded leaves in the autumn as a number of insects use these for shelter over winter, and the old leaves also help protect emerging shoots from spring frosts. If a clump of crocosmia becomes too large or congested, dig up the entire plant in the spring and divide the plant into smaller sections.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocosmia

Species: x crocosmiiflora

Cultivar: Mars

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, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: July to September


Reader reviews

jeni777

CAN YOU TAKE SEED FROM THE FLOWERS AFTER THEY LOOSE THEIR PETALS ,THANKS


Sozzie

I have not tried to use the seeds, but I have taken the new smaller plants which appear at the edge and then replant them in new areas of the garden, they easily take root and flower the next year too.



keving

i am trying seeds this year, see how we go



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