Montbretia

Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Emily Mckenzie'

Montbretia - Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora  'Emily Mckenzie'

Common Name: Montbretia
Genus: Crocosmia
Species: ◊ crocosmiiflora
Cultivar: 'Emily Mckenzie'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.08 m (8 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August & October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Arching spikes of crimson-splashed bright orange freesia-like flowers appear in August and October among sword-like mid-green leaves. These magnificent montbretia are perfect for a mixed border in a sheltered, sunny site. The wiry stems are self-supporting. For maximum impact, plant in bold drifts in a sunny sheltered site with moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. It makes an excellent cut flower.

  • Garden care: Resist removing the faded foliage in autumn and cover the crown of the plant with bracken or bark chips to protect the plant against frost damage. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring planting the divided sections 8-10cm (3-4in) deep.


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