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Crocosmia 'Spitfire' (Montbretia 'Spitfire')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.8m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Crocosmia 'Spitfire'

Other names

Montbretia 'Spitfire'

Genus

Crocosmia Crocosmia

Variety or Cultivar

'Spitfire' _ 'Spitfire' is a clump-forming, cormous perennial with upright, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and bright orange-red flowers in arching, branching spikes in late summer.


Crocosmia 'Spitfire' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Flower

Orange-red in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Crocosmia 'Spitfire' (Montbretia 'Spitfire') will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.8m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Architectural, Banks and Slopes, City

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. Divide clumps in spring.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Crocosmia 'Spitfire'

Other names

Montbretia 'Spitfire'

Genus

Crocosmia Crocosmia

Variety or Cultivar

'Spitfire' _ 'Spitfire' is a clump-forming, cormous perennial with upright, lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and bright orange-red flowers in arching, branching spikes in late summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect


Colour

Flower

Orange-red in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Crocosmia 'Spitfire' (Montbretia 'Spitfire') will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.8m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Architectural, Banks and Slopes, City

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. Divide clumps in spring.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Crocosmia 'Spitfire' (Montbretia 'Spitfire')

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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