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On my Wish List – Crocosmia

Hi Barbie – The plant I was telling you about today that I couldn’t remember the name of is Crocosmia. If  you do a Google search for “Crocosmia” and then click on images you will see how gorgeous these flowers looks when planted in large groupings. They come in orange (Crocosmia “Aurea”) and red (Crocosmia “Lucifer”). I really love this indigenous flowering plant. It likes a shaded position so would really brighten up the shaded area at the back of my garden that is currently still a mess and crying for some attention …


[one_half_last]Crocosmia “Lucifer”Crocosmia Lucifer[/one_half_last]

Notes: Crocosmia is a genus in the Iridaceae family from tropical and eastern South Africa. It is well known because of its frequently cultivated hybrid between Crocosmia pottsii and Crocosmia aurea, Crocosmia × crosmiiflora. Plants have erect sword shaped leaved and spikes of tubular or funnel shaped orange to red flowers.

Crocosmias produce dense clumps of upright iris-like foliage. In midsummer this makes a good background for the small, profuse flowers. ‘Lucifer’ is an aptly-named variety because its flowers are the hottest coloured of all – a searing paprika red. The individual blooms are not as big as other crocosmias’, but small-flowered varieties such as this are the hardiest which makes them a wise choice in cold districts. Grown in a flower border, they provide structure and colour. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

I have to wait until after the 6th June when they come to sort out the trees at the back that are causing such dense deep shade that nothing is growing well there. After that, I will have to get cracking on doing something. At the moment I have a few Clivias there and the rest is all junk … left overs from the “Ivy garden” I inherited. I can’t wait …

[one_half]I love the strappy leavesCrocosmia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More CrocosmiaCrocosmia[/one_half_last]

What do you think?

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

20 replies on “On my Wish List – Crocosmia”

Crocosmias are very beautiful, I wish I could fit them into my garden. It is unusual for shade loving plants to be so brightly colored. Thank you for telling us about it.

So glad you approve Sage Butterfly! I can’t wait to plant them. Waiting patiently for my tree-guy to come and clear the dense shade.

Hi Chris, I think this will be a fabulous addition to your garden. The colour is dramatic and the iris-like flowers are gorgeous. The shape and the drape of the leaves will really do well in the back area. Beautiful choice!!

Glad you approve! By the way, I have some Sparaxis & Ixia bulbs for you here. I have far too many and these need sun … run out of sunny sports for them 🙂

Hey!! Thats wonderful! Thanks a mill. Sorry for silence -just have my headspace filled with work stuff. Will post soon. 🙂

I intend to plant them this weekend in hopes that they will finally grow…may be too wet around here for them..I have always loved them…

I hope they do well for you Donna! With your photographic skills it will be wonderful to see these flowering on your blog! I’m so in awe of your beautiful photos 🙂

Oh dear … well invasive might not be a bad thing in that part of my garden … I’m battling to grow anything there so this could be just the right choice 🙂

I hope they work for you this time Alan … I’d be thrilled if you had a native South African flower flourishing in your garden. 🙂

So glad you approve Sage Butterfly! I can’t wait to plant them. Waiting patiently for my tree-guy to come and clear the dense shade.

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