- Crocosmia flowers attract Monarch, Swallowtail, and Viceroy butterflies.
- Hummingbirds find brilliant orange-red Crocosmia flowers irresistible.
Long-lived South African lily relative, a.k.a Monbretia, grows in dense 2 foot bunches with arching emerald green sword-shaped leaves. Mid-summer through fall, fiery orange-red freesia-like flowers appear on branching, 2 foot stems. They are great cut flowers. Use in borders, beds, or large pots. Winter hardy to zone 6. Corms are dug and stored in colder zones.
How to Plant CROCOSMIA Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Light aids germination.
Kept at 65-70°F., germination is erratic over a period of 21-42 days.
Transplant into the garden 12-15 inches apart after all danger of frost.
Comments: Outdoor winter sowing must not be attempted. Plants prefer moderately moist soil, are deer resistant, and among the best plants to grow to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.