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Ask the Expert: Do you know what this flower is?
This flower appeared in my mom's garden in SW Virgina and is in bloom now. She does not remember planting it but we don't think it is a wildflower either. Any ideas? Jerusha
Plant Expert Reply:
The plant is called Crocosmia aurea, commonly known as Montbretia.Â It is a clump-forming cormous perennial that is often used as a cut flower.Â I have a variety of this in my garden.Â Mine is called 'Lucifer', but I'm not sure which type you have. I sometimes cut the blooms and use them with other flowers from my garden in an arrangement for my kitchen.Â It is definitely a keeper.Â In fact, Monbretia is one of the few perennials my husband says is a must in any garden.
Although Crocosmia will germinate from seed, the only way I have every started the plant in my garden is with the corms.Â Crocosmia is nice perennial that comes up every year with out any extra care and the clump will increase slightly each year.Â It will bloom off and on June through August. I make sure mine is mulched going into winter and fertilize it occasionally during the growing season.Â I basically ignore this plant and it still performs for me year after year.Â So enjoy this mysterious flower gift.