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Falling Stars

Crocosmia aurea

Also known as

Valentine Flower, Montbretia

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

60cm

50cm

Min

40cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Falling Stars Overview

This strikingly beautiful garden species produces numerous bright orange flowers on tall thin flower stalks which make it perfect for a vase. This plant loves to grow in most habitats and tends to produce large groups or clumps that fill an area relatively fast. It requires little watering outsidethe rainfall season, therefore it is an excellent addition to any water-wise garden.

Common problems with Falling Stars

Spider-mites are the only pest that affect Crocosmias leaves. Spray dishwashing liquid to rid of unwanted insects.

How to harvest Falling Stars

Harvest flower stalks in mid-summer months. Harvest seeds in autum, and sow immediately or after the last cold spell.

How to propagate Falling Stars

Seed

Sow seeds in autumn months after the pods have dried out. Sow to a depth of 1.5-2 mm in a seed tray and cover with river sand. Space seeds 20 cm apart. Germination should take 2 weeks.

Division

Dividing of large clumps should be done when the plant is dormant (in winter). Offsets are the easiest and fastest to propagate. Should take 3 years to maturity.

Special features of Falling Stars

Attracts birds

Seeds are eaten by birds.

Attracts useful insects

It attracts useful insects such as bees, moths and butterflies.

Drought resistant

This species requires less water than its other close relatives, which makes it a great addition to any water-wise garden.

Pot plant

Suits well in any well-drained pot or container.

Attractive flowers

The flowers are arranged on continuous floral spikes. Individual flowers are approximately 40 mm in diameter.

Other uses of Falling Stars

Cutting bed

Medicinal

Used by indigenous tribes to treat dysentery

Orange Flowering Summer Plants

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