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.
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.
Fire King Montbretia
Crocosmia Fire King
Item Package Size
Bag of 10
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mid to late summer
6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
Plant 5-8" deep
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
6, 7, 8, 9
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
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