Coppertips

Crocosmia | Also known as: Falling stars, montbretia | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

"Only a ginger can call another ginger ginger" - Tim Minchin "Ok, let's call it Coppertips" - plant namers.

Crocosmi, known as falling stars or coppertips is a member of the Iris family native to South Africa. There are more than 400 cultivars, several of which have been given an Award of Garden Merit by the RHS. It's easy to see why it's known as coppertips as as the bright red and orange flowers seems to leap off the stems like flames. The name crocosmi comes from two Green words; krokos meaning “saffron” and osme meaning “odour”. It will grow well in either acidic heavy clay soil or chalky alkaline soil. It's a stunning plant that's easy to grow and hardy.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.45 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.9
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Erect
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 7 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years