About the Crocosmia

Crocosmia (also known as Montbretia) belongs to the family of Iridaceae. It is originally a tuber plant from South Africa. The small-flowered Crocosmia was introduced to Europe around 1900, followed by the first large-flowered variety in the 1950s. The name Crocosmia is derived from the Greek words of ‘krokos’ (saffron) and ‘osme’ (scent); hence, a plant with the scent of saffron.

Care advice

Crocosmias produce several flowers per stem and have sword-shaped leaves. The plants are moderately winter-hardy, so if planted out it is best to cover them with straw or leaves. If kept in pots, then they should be stored in a dry and frost-free place over winter.