Genus name comes from krokos, meaning saffron, and osme, meaning a smell of dried flowers steeped in warm water in Greek.
While Crocosmia adds a tropical flair to gardens, it is one of the hardiest cultivators.
Beautiful bright red flowers planted in rows, gracefully on arched stems; Flowering Begins in midsummer and continues till early fall. Crocosmia is a tropical plant and needs warm weather to be planted.
Crocosmia has broad, pointed, sword-like leaves. The leaves are attractive even when there is no bloom on plants. It adds a spiky textured element to the landscape and looks wonderful even without blooms.
Crocosmia is a fast grower. They multiply very quickly and spread easily. It’s always suggested to divide them every 2-3 years. Or move the parent plant.
If it’s cold, store the corns indoors during winters similar to dahlias and cannas. Or protect the roots with winter mulch and increase the chances of the plant’s survival.
Advantages of Crocosmia
Apart from that, Crocosmia attracts butterflies, increasing the pollination if fruits or vegetables are around. They are so dear to hummingbirds. They are very good for containers and flower bouquets. Crocosmias are deer and rabbit resistant and help keep your garden undestroyed.
Culture of Crocosmia
Best grown in well-drained, moderately moist, fertile soil that does not become waterlogged under full or partial sun. It always prefers full sun whereas partial sun during the harsh summer.
Plant its fleshy roots approximately 3-4” deep and 6” apart in spring after the last frost date. To ensure winter survival, digging up the corms in fall and storing them in a dry medium over winter is an option to be considered.
Problems with Crocosmia
More prone to spider mites. Spider mites can damage the foliage significantly if left unattended. Impair normal flowering, and even the death of the plants can be the result. The temperature during winters is a concern too. It cannot withstand very low temperatures.
Crocosmia and its Garden Uses
A mixed cluster provides color to the garden. Always best to plants in more numbers of various colors to create contrast. At the same time, it is suggested to plant in containers for easier movement during winters.
How to Care Crocosmia
The plant requires well-drained soil. Water only when the top layer of soil is dry. Thrives excellent in a south-facing, warm location. Along a wall to avoid the hardy sun. An application of a thick layer of mulch in winter is helpful. Spring is ideal for dividing clumps to maintain and multiply the plant.
Characteristics of Crocosmia
Crocosmia is a genus of 7 species of cormous plants from grasslands in South Africa. They are fresh cut beautiful flowers, frequently used in flower arrangements commercially.
Meta – Crocosmia lucifer is a Gorgeous perennial flowering plant that grows from corn, a bulb-like structure. It produces wands of fiery scarlet red or orange tubular flowers and beautiful clumps of erect pleated leaves similar to Gladiolus, which bloom for several weeks from mid to late summer.