Formerly known as montbretias, crocosmias are cheerful deciduous cormous perennials producing masses of freesia-like blooms, with the individual flowers held in a line on tall, arching, branched stems in late summer and autumn.
Less bold than the well-known Crocosmia Lucifer with its strong red colour, Emily McKenzie is a particlarly beautiful variety with mahogony throated deep-orange flowers that emerge from purple buds. Unusually for montbretias, these flowers are open and flat, shaped like star rather than the more usual lily-style funnels. They are rich in pollen and popular with pollinating insects including bees.
An excellent choice for sunny, well-drained sites and ideally situated in the middle of a border or at the front where it can overhang a lawn or path. Ideal as part of a 'hot' garden planting scheme, in a large swathe, or try in a tall planter as a centrepiece.
This lovely late flowering corm has a compact form with a bushy habit. It will quickly divide and form a large clump of sword-like leaves. It is easy to forget that crocosmias make elegant cut flowers in larger arrangements.
Common Names: Montbretia Emily McKenzie, Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora Lady McKenzie, Crocosmia Emily MacKenzie
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 60cm x 25cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil
Aspect: South, east or west facing
Position: Full sun / Dappled shade
Flowering Period: August – September
Care: In cold areas, protect with a mulch in winter. Divide congested clumps in spring.