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How to grow crocosmia - and what to do when it's not flowering

Crocosmia Krakatoa
Credit: Andrew Crowley

Regularly divide Crocosmia crocosmiflora​ and it will reward you with bands of dramatic colour in Autumn, says Carol Klein

Anyone who has visited the Cornish coast or the fuchsia-lined lanes of Southern Ireland in late summer or the first weeks of autumn will be familiar with the glowing orange splashes created by colonising montbretia. Crocosmia crocosmiflora, as it is properly known, was first introduced to the British Isles from France in 1880.

It was hybridised by M. Lemoine at his famous French nursery and was immediately recognised as a valuable plant. So it is, but the ease with which it establishes, coupled with the speed at which it travels, has made it ubiquitous. Familiarity breeds...

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