The original hybrid is Crocos-mia x crocosmiiflora, commonly called montbretia, which bears crimson-orange flowers, 1 1/2 to 2 inches across, over 2- to 3-foot plants. Among the many other hybrids is 'Lucifer' (bright red flowers on 4-ft. plants; shown at left). The species C. masoniorum bears flaming orange to scarlet-orange flowers on top of arching stems.
If you want to try growing Crocosmia in cold climates (where temperatures fall below 10[degrees] and the ground freezes), you'll need to dig up corms every fall; store in a frost-free place for winter, and replant in spring.
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|Title Annotation:||NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE; splashy flowers|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2005|
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