Fire King Crocosmia (Montbretia)

Fire King Montbretia

Fire King Crocosmia (Montbretia) blooms in flaming shades of crimson red to deep orange. Fire King’s lovely flowers light up the late summer garden. Pollinator friendly, deer resistant and drought tolerant once established.
Zones6 - 9
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Cut Flowers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
50 to 60"
Mature Plant Size24" tall
Bulb Spacing6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
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SizeBag of 10

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Fire King Crocosmia (Montbretia) is a favorite classic Crocosmia. Developed in 1905 by a Dutch plantsman, Fire King is prized for its tall graceful arching stems of crimson-red to tangerine flowers emerging from clumps of green grass-like foliage. Grow with other perennials such as blue Echinops, Salvia reptans, ornamental grasses, and other late season bloomers for a spectacular color and texture display. Plant Crocosmia in spring in well-drained soil with full sun to part shade exposure. Plant bulbs (corms) 2" apart and plant at least 10 per group for adequate form. Water moderately as the plant establishes (in colder areas it may not flower the first year), once it is established it is quite water thrifty. Butterflies and hummingbirds love Crocosmia, deer and rabbits avoid it. Great as cut flowers, they will last up to two weeks in a vase. After a few years, the bulbs (corms) may become crowded and flowering will diminish. Just dig the corms in early spring, divide and re-space them, and replant for renewed flowers next year. 24" tall x 12-24" wide.
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Common Name
Fire King Montbretia
Botanical Name
Crocosmia Fire King
Item Package Size
Bag of 10
6, 7, 8, 9
Flower Color
Red, Orange
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
24 inches
Mature Height
24" tall
Bulb Spacing
6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
10-12 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 5-8" deep
Amount Of Rain
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50", 50 to 60"
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Containers, Cut Flowers, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Item Quantity Number
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
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ZoneShipping Status
Zone 2Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 3Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 4Shipping begins the week of May 20th, 2019
Zone 5Shipping begins the week of April 29th, 2019
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