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Falling Stars Crocosmia hybrids

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kroh-KOZ-mee-ah HY·brids
Description

Crocosmia hybrids will be at their best when located in a sunny spot.  It will grow in a location with some shade, however, flower production will be diminished.   Where the summer temperatures are extremely hot, some afternoon shade is welcomed.  Water weekly during the summer months to keep the soil moist.  

New blooms will be encouraged by deadheading.  Allow the foliage to remain after flowering is finished.  This will help energize the bulb in preparation for the next year's flowering.  By leaving the foliage, photosynthesis will take place, providing energy to the bulb.  Once the leaves die in the later part of the year, the entire plant can be cut to the ground.  

Division in the late summer to early fall will also increase flower production.  This division should take plant every 3 to 4 years.  

Uses include beds, borders, and fresh-cut flowers; tolerates drought, but keep moist during growing season;  Plant to a depth of 5 in. to base of the corm, 2 in. apart, 20 plants per sq. ft.; Semi-hardy, injured below 28 degrees F (-2 degrees C)  In colder climates, the bulbs can be removed from the ground in the fall and replanted in the spring.

Used in container arrangements as a centerpiece, or as the 'thriller' in a thriller, filler, spiller container.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious disease issues.  Spider mites are a common problem.  They can be controlled by hoses down your plants a few times each week.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Bright Eyes', Crocosmia 'Lucifer', 'Limpopo'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#bulb#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#corms#salt tolerant#rabbit resistant#salt spray tolerant#herbaceous#long-lasting flowers#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#summer bulbs#cutting garden#humidity tolerant#butterfly friendly#dry soils intolerant#wet soils intolerant#butterflies#bees#cut flower#cutting#butterfly garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Bright Eyes', Crocosmia 'Lucifer', 'Limpopo'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#bulb#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#corms#salt tolerant#rabbit resistant#salt spray tolerant#herbaceous#long-lasting flowers#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#summer bulbs#cutting garden#humidity tolerant#butterfly friendly#dry soils intolerant#wet soils intolerant#butterflies#bees#cut flower#cutting#butterfly garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Crocosmia
    Species:
    hybrids
    Family:
    Iridaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Borders and beds
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    After flowering, seedpods are formed. They are eaten by birds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The long-lasting, lily-like flowers make a great addition to fresh bouquets. Each flower has 6 petals, three are larger than the other three.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Parallel veins along, narrow, strappy leaves, resembling a sword.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits
    Salt