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Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora
White bleeding heart, Montbretia
Deciduous Cormous Perennial
Eventual height and spread 0.5 - 1 m
Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers
Once weekly during the growing season, so the soil remains evenly moist
Full Sun, Dappled Shade
Cut the stems back to where they meet the leaves
Generally pest free
Generally disease free
Moist but well-drained
Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora
Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora, is a cross between C. aurea and C. pottsii. They were first bred France by Victor Lemoine in 1880 and will add some elegant French chic to your garden. Crocosmia are deciduous perennials with straight, sword-shaped leaves that are commonly known as Montbretia.
In summer, their flowers branch out in spikes of funnel shaped flowers. 'Carmin Brillant' is an upright perennial with narrow foliage and sprays of carmine-pink flowers opening from bright red buds. Their bright, beautiful flowers appear in groups of 4 to 20 flowers on a horizontally branched stem. These vivid flowers can be seen from early summer and last well into autumn. This is a bulb plant, so you want to avoid using high nitrogen fertilisers. We suggest that you should feed the plant in April, just as it’s starting to grow, using a high potash, slow-release fertiliser. During the growing season you should water your Crocosmia once per week to make sure the soil remains evenly moist. In terms of pruning, remove spent blooms to encourage new blooms and cut the stems back to where they meet the leaves. After blooming is finished for the year, keep the leaves on the plant so that it can put its energy back into its bulb ready for the next year. The fertile flowers are hermaphroditic – they have both female and male reproductive parts. 'Carmin Brillant’ is pollinated by insects, hummingbirds or by the wind so they have lots of options!
These are a great addition to your garden and may bring in visiting pollinators like bees and butterflies. These plants are generally pest and disease free and they’re safe for pets and babies, so they are a safe, reliable option for your garden.