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Crocosmia

CrocosmiaCrocosomia are often called coppertips or falling stars – and these descriptive terms do paint an accurate picture. The firey blooms from these bulbs can add bright flashes to your summer garden. Hummingbirds and butterflies are big fans of these vibrant flowers.

Botanical Name:

Crocosmia

Most Popular Colors: Bright to dark red, orange, gold.

Blooming Season: Mid to late summer.

Soil Preferences: Well-drained soil that does not become waterlogged.

Climate Preferences: Crocosmia are winter-hardy in temperate regions.

Sun Exposure: Full sun.

Landscaping Tips: Mix crocosmia anywhere where bright color is needed in the late summer: these flowers will bloom after many of your brighter bulbs fade. Consider mixing clumps of these bright flowers among tall-growing perennials or near less-vibrant trees or shrubs.

Planting: Drainage is vital to crocosmia. Find a well-drained area and consider amending the soil with peat moss or compost to improve drainage. Plant in full sun. Plant the crocosmia 2-3 inches deep and 8-10 inches apart, with the pointed end of the bulb facing up. Water generously, settling the soil.

Care:

  • Expect crocosmia to sprout few weeks after spring planting, given warm weather - if the temperatures in your area are cool, they may take longer.

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