12 Aug

Lovely Flowering Plants for Garden Landscapes: Crocosmia

Crocosmia is a small genus of exotic summer bloomers that produce sprays of star-shaped red flowers. The Iris-like flowers are quite showy and make an excellent show in fresh floral arrangements. Crocosmia have both evergreen and deciduous species that tend to form large clumps, and bear long and thin leaves. Orange-red flowers are borne on long stalks that last several days and attract bees, butterflies and humming birds.

Crocosmia is an excellent choice for landscapes and rock gardens where they can be grown to fill empty spaces with their foliage and flowers. The delicate and bright flowers of Crocosmia can be easily distinguished from other plants because of their orange-red flowers that appear on long, delicate racemes.

Crocosmia Flowers

Crocosmia Flowers, Image by Heidi (flickr)

How to Grow Crocosmia

Crocosmia is quite easy to propagate from small corms. These beautiful flowering plants prefer partial sunlight (away from scorching summer sun), moderate watering and a well-drained soil, rich soil. Popular species of Crocosmia include: Crocosmia Masonorum (Golden Swan) and Crocosmia Aurea (Falling Stars)