Crocosmia 'CONSTANCE'

Crocosmia
Crocosmia 'CONSTANCE'
montbretia
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.6-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.6m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS kombinovaná:orange a yellow
BLOOMING TIME July - August
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
Exotics
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Montbretia is a gorgeous perennial of exotic appearance from southern and eastern parts of Africa. In spite of its origin it proved hardy in temperate regions of the world and many varieties can withstand USDA zone 6 winters with occasional swings a few degrees lower. There are over 300 varieties listed and their number keeps on increasing. One wonders how yellow, orange, and red and their combinations can still bring something new.

Constance is a montbretia with glowing orange flowers with yellow centres. They are broadly funnel-shaped, open wide, facing the amazed passersby who gaze at its magnetizing colour. The flowers appear from late July for 3-4 weeks atop 70-80 cm tall stems. Montbretia makes large clumps of medium green, sword-like leaves which confirm plant's affiliation with iris family. The exotic feeling is highlighted by the way the flowers are formed in almost horizontal inflorescence and open upwards like flowers of strelitzia.

Montbretia does best in fertile, moist but well drained soil of any pH, preferably in full sun. Winter mulch is not necessary but may help newly transplanted plants to survive the first winter before the corms grow deeper to the soil. Hardy to about -25°C (USDA zone 5b-6)

Last update 14-08-2018
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