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botanical name:
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie'
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Montbretia
synonyms:  Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie', Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Lady McKenzie'
family:  Iridaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.75m
width: 0.50m
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
description:
Compact form, large, wide opening, orange flowers with mahogany-red throats, in late summer.

cultivation:
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 established clumps, separating and replanting the corms in early spring.

other notes:
Introduced 1951. Reported to be a sport of an old Earlham Giant Montbretia called 'Comet'.

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