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Zigzag Crocosmia

Crocosmia paniculata

Also known as

Waaierlelie (Afr.), Khala-Ea-Bokone, Moloke (Sesotho), Undwendwi, Umlunge (Zulu), Montbretia

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Zigzag Crocosmia

Some red Crocosmia paniculata flowers and green leaves
A close up of some red Crocosmia paniculata flowers and green leaves
Some orange Crocosmia paniculata flowers in the wild
Some orange Crocosmia paniculata flowers in the wild
Some red Crocosmia paniculata flowers in a field

Zigzag Crocosmia Overview

Crocosmia paniculata is a perennial species that produces sprays of downward-facing, bright orange, trumpet-shaped flowers above clumps of grass-like foliage. Flowers measure approximately 6cm long and they are produced alternatively on branching, zig-zagging stalks. This plant has a clump-forming habit, producing flowers on upright stems up to 1.2m tall and leaves up to a metre in length. This plant is hardy down to minus 10 degrees Celcius, it may be grown in most of the UK with ease. It grows well in full sun and partially shaded conditions and does best in moist, well-draining soil. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Zigzag Crocosmia

How to propagate Zigzag Crocosmia


Divide clumps in spring before growth starts, when plant is dorment.


Special features of Zigzag Crocosmia

Attractive flowers

Attracts birds

Wet sites

Other uses of Zigzag Crocosmia

Grown for their brightly coloured flowers produced mainly in summer. Suitable for coastal conditions.