Crocosmia 'Bright Eyes' flowers
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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Montbretia
Breathtaking orange flowers with scarlet red centers rise above iris-like foliage in mid to late summer; attracts hummingbirds; best performance in full-sun; free flowering with upright, front facing blooms; can be lifted in fall
Bright Eyes Crocosmia features showy spikes of orange trumpet-shaped flowers with scarlet centers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive textured sword-like leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Bright Eyes Crocosmia is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Bright Eyes Crocosmia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Bright Eyes Crocosmia will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Bright Eyes Crocosmia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.