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botanical name:
Crocosmia 'Mars'
Crocosmia 'Mars' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Montbretia
synonyms:  Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Mars'
family:  Iridaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.75m
width: 0.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Upward facing, widely flared, orange-red flowers, darker in bud, in mid to late Summer. Forms compact clumps of sword-shaped leaves.

cultivation:
Grow in reasonably fertile, humus-rich well-drained soil. In cold areas, plant in a protected location. Cut back foliage as it discolours. Divide every five to six years. Mulch in autumn. Top dress with bonemeal or proprietary bulb fertiliser in spring.

propagation:
By division of corms from established clumps, in early spring.

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