Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Emily McKenzie

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Emily McKenzie


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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.