Active during: Summer
Common Name: Garden montbretia, Falling stars
Corm; deciduous; summer-growing; flowers throughout summer
Some nine species mainly from the eastern parts of South Africa.
The most popular and best known of these plants is a hybrid called Crocosmia x Crocosmiiflora. The 70-90cm stems are topped by clustered spikes of orange flowers.
Deeply shaded areas with lots of moisture suit these plants best. They resent being moved,so they should be left undisturbed in the same spot for many years. They prefer heavy, rich soil, kept constantly moist.
Crocosmia are tender to frost. Except for regular, deep watering they are not demanding plants. Red spider mite may attack the foliage.