Sunday, July 12, 2009

P.S. - Crocosmia

Just a few additional facts about Crocosmia. As you can see, it comes in a few colors other than the most popular red.

Native to South Africa, it is a tender bulb from the Iris family that is perhaps marginally hardy here in Southwestern Virginia. My plants grow well, but other folks in the area have lost theirs in hard winters.

The name Crocosmia is derived from Greek. Krokos is Greek for saffron and osme means smell. Apparently the dried flowers smell strongly like saffron. Guess that means I'm going to need to pick and dry a few flowers to test this observation for myself.

An addition to the fall garden task list is to lift and divide those bulbs.
The advice is to do so every third year.


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