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botanical name:
Crocosmia paniculata 'Cally Sword'
Crocosmia paniculata 'Cally Sword' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Montbretia
synonyms:  Curtonus paniculatus 'Cally Sword'
family:  Iridaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.50m
width: 0.75m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -8°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Cormous perennial forming large clumps of broad, pleated, sword-shaped olive-green leaves, Tall arching stems carry sprays of tubular, terracotta-orange flowers in late Summer.

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.

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