Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily Mckenzie'
'Emily Mckenzie' is bit more interesting than the ubiquitous orange C. 'Lucifer'.
It produces large, apricot-orange flowers with mahogany markings above the iris-like, olive green, sword shaped leaves.
They are also more compact and tend to run rather than clump.
Used wisely these South African natives make a fiery punctuation mark in bright coloured beds and borders and are excellent for cutting. They will spread and will self seed so be rigorous in removing the spent flowering stalks.
Although hardier and better in partial shade than many varieties, a mulch in autumn will protect the corms from excessive cold.
Large flowering crocosmia
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Fertile, well drained, moist
Full sun, partial shade