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Crocosmia (Montbretia)
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Including Crocosmia varieties Red King, Solfaterre, Lucifer, Emily McKenzie, and Okavango

Crocosmia

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Crocosmia

Montbretia

Coveted by florists, these brightly colored flowers bloom along the length of tall, arching spikes, which emerge from handsome clumps of swordlike foliage. If given well drained soil and divided every two to three years, this fountain-shaped plant will continue to pour spectacular color into your garden for a long, long time.

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Crocosmia ‘Burnt Umber’  full sun  partial shade

With henna-imbued green sword-shaped blades and richly tinted burnt reddish umber blooms, this floriferous Crocosmia celebrates salsa-style colors. The narrow-leafed elegantly arching clump gives way to dark mahogany buds and lavish quantities of starry, open-faced yellow-eyed flowers. Locate near companions such as Kniphofia ‘Wol’s Red Seedling’ and Geum ‘Blazing Sunset’ and enjoy the sizzle.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

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Crocosmia ‘Burnt Umber’ (P-1750)
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Crocosmia ‘Carmine Brilliant’  full sun  partial shade

Dainty sprays of carmine colored flowers are a pleasing counterpoint to upright green foliage and bronzy green stems. A red-streaked yellow throat centers the open, pale tomato red face, while the outside of the petal is flushed with a richer red. The real jewel of ‘Carmine Brilliant’s crown, however, may be the stunning flower buds, which have a mustard colored band, a deep brick red tip and crimson-purple calyxes.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 20"–2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Carmine Brilliant’ (P-0840)
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Crocosmia ‘Eastern Promise’  full sun  partial shade

This Crocosmia is full of promise as vivid orange buds, nestled in dark calyxes, begin to open. A vigorous clump of olive-green blades, warmly tinted in bronze hues, gives way to sprays of large, outfacing flowers, colored a sherbety yellow-orange on the inside and backed with deeper peach shades. Position beside blue blooming Aconitum and relish the spirited union of complementary colors.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Eastern Promise’ (P-0926)
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Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’  full sun  partial shade

This dazzling Alan Bloom creation is applauded for its sultry presentation of deep scarlet star-shaped blooms, which glow like embers on artfully arching stems. Flowering a little later and longer than ‘Lucifer’ with tidy, more compact green pleated foliage, ‘Emberglow’s nodding tubular flowers deliver flashy accents to Aster ‘Monch’ and Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’, while the decorative fruiting stalks are prized in cut arrangements.

Blooms August– September.

Size: 2'–3' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ (P-0328)
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Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’  full sun  partial shade

Above a sea of bronze-toned foliage, dark purple calyxes highlight ‘Emily Mckenzie’s wide-open, yellowish orange flowers, and dramatic maroon markings decorate their pale orange centers. To enhance the stunning carousel of color, pair this robust beauty with Aster ‘Bill’s Big Blue’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’ (P-0702)
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Crocosmia ‘Lady Hamilton’  full sun  partial shade

Demure, lusciously colored apricot blossoms, with small dark red streaks in their throats and bright green calyxes line the branched flowering stems of the same color. Adorning upright, green Iris-like foliage, the long lasting blooms arrive late in summer and beckon another glance alongside Aster ‘Blue Danube’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Lady Hamilton’ (P-0927)
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Crocosmia ‘Limpopo’  full sun  partial shade
Crocosmia  Limpopo

Relatively new on the scene, ‘Limpopo’ embellishes any late summer vignette when its tight clusters of wide-open, pretty coral-hued flowers with sunlit yellow throats unfurl. Pointed, green foliar blades form a dashing upright clump that offsets the uniquely colored blooms and their arching bronze-toned stems.

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Blooms August – September.

Size: 2-3/4' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

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Crocosmia ‘Limpopo’ (P-1591)
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Crocosmia ‘Little Redhead’  full sun  partial shade
Crocosmia  Little Redhead

We have David Tristram to thank for this richly colored, long blooming Crocosmia. Each stunning flower bud features a crimson-purple calyx, a mustard-hued band and a deep red tip. Along graceful stems, the easily viewed, outward-facing, tomato-red blooms brightened by sunny yellow throats are spaced just right to heighten the fervid, floral spectacle.

Easily tucked into a small-sized garden in front of Salvia ‘Black and Blue’, ‘Little Redhead’ spices things up, while its composed, bladed greenery keeps a lower profile than our other Crocosmia offerings.

Blooms August–early October.

Size: 18"–2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Little Redhead’ (P-1296)
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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’  full sun  partial shade
Crocosmia  Lucifer

The fiery fountain of open red blooms, borne in an upright fashion along a single side of its wiry, purple-tinted stem, will burn this excellent cut flower into your heart. A valiant forest of stiffly pleated, medium green, swordlike foliage highlights the hot display. Give ‘Lucifer’ his due by showing off his devilishly fine color next to Campanula lactiflora ‘Prichard’s Variety’ and counterpose his bold form with the refined delicacy of Thalictrum ‘Hewitt’s Double’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 4'–4-1/2' high x 2-1/2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (P-0469)
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Crocosmia ‘Météore’  full sun  partial shade

Bred in 1887 by French nurseryman and hybridizer Victor Lemoine, ‘Météore’ showers the garden with large warm-hued flowers. Broad rounded petals have red-streaked, burnt orange backsides, while a cinnabar throat and cozy orange and amber colors enhance the interior. And if the abundant lively blooms aren’t reason enough to usher this Crocosmia into your garden, there’s more—tangerine-tinted buds, purple calyxes and a verdant clump of sword-shaped upright leaves.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 2'–2-1/4' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 0.

Crocosmia ‘Météore’ (P-1547)
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Crocosmia ‘Okavango’  full sun  partial shade  new plant
Crocosmia  Okavango

A fantastic relatively new Bob Brown introduction, this distinctive Crocosmia bears the name of its native haunts, South Africa’s Okavango River. Big broad green blades launch a flashy display of large peachy orange flowers, reminiscent of summertime fruit, crowded together on staunch stems. In addition to their luscious hue, the easily enjoyed outward facing blooms feature broad rounded petals, yellowish throats and extended stamens. ‘Okavango’ can be planted near Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ for a lively floral presentation.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2'–3' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Crocosmia ‘Okavango’ (P-1832)
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Crocosmia ‘Red King’  full sun  partial shade

Heralding a passionate array of toasty colors, this smaller sized cultivar was selected by British gardener John Fitt and introduced in 1929. Hearty, lance-shaped green leaves support a multitude of sizzling salsa-red, star-styled blooms, which showcase luminous yellow centers fringed with darker tangerine shades.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Red King’ (P-1482)
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Crocosmia ‘Solfaterre’  full sun  partial shade
Crocosmia  Solfaterre

This selection will make your mouth water with smoky bronze foliage, butter yellow flowers, and dark chocolate calyxes. The strong upright leaves add a linear dimension to the border, and contrast beautifully with finer textured plants such as Salvia reptans.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 18"–2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Solfaterre’ (P-0516)
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Crocosmia ‘Star of the East’  full sun  partial shade

With blooms larger than most other Crocosmias, ‘Star of the East’ evokes images of an illuminated sky and boasts slightly nodding, 3-½ in. flowers, which are indeed star-shaped and brilliant. Well above green swordlike foliage, amidst burnt orange buds and clay-colored calyxes, each choice flat-faced bloom shines brightly with dusky orange on the outside, soft orange inside, and a cream-colored center.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Star of the East’ (P-0703)
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Crocosmia ‘Voyager’  full sun  partial shade

Deemed one of the best sunshine-colored Crocosmias, ‘Voyager’ boasts large 2-½ in. flat-faced bright yellow flowers whose slightly rounded petals curl back with age. The positively cheerful blooms ride a green sea of vigorous upstanding blades that are ideally sized for a border’s midsection.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 2'–2-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Voyager’ (P-1481)
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Crocosmia ‘Walberton Yellow’  full sun  partial shade
Crocosmia  Walberton Yellow

The prized outcome from years of breeding this genus, David Tristram’s ‘Walberton Yellow’ puts on an extraordinary floral presentation. Freesia-like at first glance, two rows of large, closely nestled blooms are upright and open-faced, perfectly poised for viewing. Enhanced by decorative stamens, the sunny yellow petals backed in golden melon hues rise above attractive ribbed green blades, while orchestrating an ebullient symphony with Helenium ‘Bishop’ and Anemone ‘Andrea Atkinson’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2'–2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Crocosmia ‘Walberton Yellow’ (P-1082)
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