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Crocosmia aurea

Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)

Common names: Falling Stars, Valentine’s Flower (E); Umlunge (Z); Valentynsblom (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Perennial
A deciduous plant with strappy, sword-like dark green leaves and bearing orange star-shaped flowers from late summer.

Crocosmia aurea

DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.4m x 0.3m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Crocosmia aurea

DESCRIPTION

A stunning groundcover that produces a spectacular display of bright orange, star-shaped flowers that are borne on drooping stalks.  The bright green, strappy leaves last throughout summer and die back in winter when the plant is dormant.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Moist, shady places in forests.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Birds feed on the seeds.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water well in summer.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
A wonderful addition to an herbaceous border in a butterfly garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Grassland
FOLIAGE
FRUIT

5 Responses

  1. Hi Peter

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Crocosmia aurea tends to thrive with at least 4 hours of direct sunshine. Your light intensity may be sufficient, so perhaps you could experiment with a few plants to test the suitablity of the space.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Hi Martin

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Common names tend to be used in different regions and often vary. It may flower in February in some areas, hence the name “Valentine’s Flower”. However, another area, someone said the flower resembles a downward-turned star and called it “Falling Stars”.

    It is for this reason that nurseries seldom use common names as they cause confusion.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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