Probably the best-known Crocosmia, having been bred by Alan Bloom in the 1960's. Bright red flowers from July until the end of summer above bright green pleated foliage.
Forms a large clump and will self seed, so remove the seed heads in late summer/early autumn if you do not want this.
Crocosmia first came from South Africa in 1846 and quickly became very popular cottage garden plants. Subsequently a number of hybrids were bred, in various shades and habits. All are quite hardy but dislike sitting in water in winter so consider this when deciding where to plant them.
The name Montbretia celebrates Antoine Francois Ernest Conquebert de Monbret, who was a botanist who accompanied Napoleon on his Egyptian campaign 1798-1801.
A lot of nurseries sell this plant as dry bulbs, but here you are buying a potted plant which can go straight into the ground.
Height x Spread: 90cm x 90cm
Common name(s): Montbretia
Photo courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society