Montbretia

Crocosmia masoniorum

Montbretia - Crocosmia masoniorum

Common Name: Montbretia
Genus: Crocosmia
Species: masoniorum

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

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

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

Funnel-shaped bright orange-red flowers are borne on arching stems from mid summer and seem to hover just above the pleated bright green leaves. Grow them at the edges of a shrub or mixed border where it will add clumps of intense late summer colour. This montbretia will become quite tolerant of drought once it has had a chance to become established and it spreads to form a good-sized clump. The flowers are excellent for cutting.

  • 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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