Montbretia Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Carmin Brillant'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
montbretia 'Carmin Brilliant'


The plant known as Crocosmia 'Carmin Brillant' is a visually striking perennial boasting a vibrant display of flowers and lush foliage. The flowers are the star attraction, characterized by their rich, carmine red hue that emits a radiant brilliance in garden spaces. Arranged on arching stems, these tubular blossoms are clustered in a gracefully descending manner, resembling the spire of small funnels, providing a cascade of color that is both striking and elegant. The foliage of Crocosmia 'Carmin Brillant' provides a lush backdrop for the dazzling blooms. The leaves are sword-shaped, resembling elongated blades of vibrant green. They emerge from the base of the plant in a fan-like pattern, creating a contrasting texture that accentuates the bright flowers above. The plant's growth habit is clumping, with the leaves and flower stems arising in close proximity which gives the Crocosmia 'Carmin Brillant' a dense and full appearance, allowing it to fill garden spaces with both color and texture. This stunning perennial is often celebrated for its dramatic flair and is a favorite amongst gardeners who wish to add a splash of deep, vivid colors to their landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Montbretia, Coppertips, Falling Stars

    • Common names

      Montbretia 'Carmin Brillant', Crocosmia masoniorum 'Carmin Brillant'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Montbretia is not known to be toxic to humans. There are no well-documented cases of poisoning from ingestion of this plant, and it is generally considered non-toxic. Consequently, there are no specific symptoms of poisoning associated with Montbretia. However, as with any plant, individual allergies and reactions can occur, so it is best to avoid ingesting plant material that is not known to be safe for consumption.

    • To pets

      Montbretia is also not considered toxic to pets. It is not listed as a poisonous plant to dogs, cats, or other domestic animals. As such, there are no standard symptoms associated with its ingestion. Nevertheless, pets may sometimes exhibit mild gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea after ingestion of plant material due to the novelty of the material in their diet rather than specific toxicity. If you suspect your pet has ingested a large amount of the plant and is showing signs of distress, consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts pollinators: Crocosmia, commonly known as Montbretia, is known for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which are essential for pollination in the garden.
    • Colorful blooms: 'Carmin Brillant' provides vibrant red flowers that add a splash of color to garden landscapes during the summer months.
    • Drought-tolerance: Once established, Montbretia has good drought tolerance, making it suitable for gardens in drier climates.
    • Easy care: This plant is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal care once it is established, making it a good choice for gardeners of all levels of experience.
    • Long blooming period: Montbretia has a lengthy flowering period, which ensures a colorful display for an extended time, typically from mid-summer to early fall.
    • Cutting garden suitability: The flowers of Montbretia are excellent for cutting and can be used in floral arrangements, adding both color and form to bouquets.
    • Deer resistance: 'Carmin Brillant' is not a preferred food source for deer, reducing the likelihood of damage in areas where deer are present.
    • Ornamental foliage: The sword-like green foliage of Montbretia adds a textural element to the garden even when the plant is not in bloom.
    • Border and container gardening: Montbretia is versatile and can be used in borders or containers for garden design flexibility.
    • Perennial growth: As a perennial, 'Carmin Brillant' comes back year after year, providing lasting value in the garden.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Crocosmia's dried seed pods can be used in floral arrangements for their interesting shape and texture.
    • The plant's tall, arching stems provide support for climbing plants when grown together in a garden.
    • The leaves of Crocosmia can be woven into small crafts or used as natural ribbons in eco-friendly gift wrapping.
    • Hummingbird gardeners may plant Crocosmia to attract these birds, as they are drawn to the bright flowers.
    • Photographers and artists might utilize the vibrant blooms as subjects for botanical illustration or photographic projects.
    • Because of its striking appearance, Crocosmia can be used as a natural dye source for fabrics or art projects.
    • The plant's vertical form and color can act as an organic visual barrier within a garden space.
    • Gardeners may plant Crocosmia as a companion plant to hide the less attractive lower stems of taller, leggy plants.
    • Crocosmia's ability to grow in coastal conditions makes it an ideal choice for beachside gardens to provide color and erosion control.
    • Educators can use Crocosmia as an example in lessons about plant reproduction and hybridization, as it is a hybrid itself.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Montbretia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Montbretia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Attraction and Desire: Montbretia, with its vivid, flaming blooms, is often associated with strong attraction and desire, symbolizing deep-seated affections and a magnetic pull between individuals.
    • Intensity and Heat: The fiery coloration of Montbretia blossoms stands for intensity, passion, and the heat of emotion, mirroring the intensity of a fervent relationship or the warmth of an ardent heart.
    • Endurance and Perseverance: Montbretia's ability to thrive in various conditions signifies endurance and perseverance, representing an individual's capacity to sustain through challenging times and maintain vigor.
    • Independence: Montbretia's rugged nature and the ease with which it grows also symbolizes independence, reflecting the spirit of self-reliance and autonomy.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Montbretia should be watered thoroughly once a week, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. During the growing season in spring and summer, water it with approximately one gallon per week for each square yard of soil area. In the winter, reduce watering since the plant is dormant and needs less moisture. Always water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. Adjust watering frequency during periods of extreme heat or drought by providing additional water to maintain consistent soil moisture.

  • sunLight

    Montbretia thrives in full sun to partial shade, preferring a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. They can also tolerate light dappled shade but may produce fewer blooms in less light. The ideal spot is one that offers morning sunlight and protection from the intense heat of the afternoon sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Montbretia grows best in temperatures that range from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, tolerating minimum temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. They should not be exposed to temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit as this may cause root damage. The ideal conditions for montbretia are warm summers with moderate nighttime temperature drops to stimulate blooming.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning montbretia involves removing spent flower stems and dead foliage to encourage better blooming and maintain a tidy appearance. Prune the dead foliage in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Cut the spent flowers back to the base of the stem after blooming to promote further flowering. Montbretia does not require frequent pruning; performing this task once a year is sufficient.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Montbretia prefers well-draining, fertile soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 6.5. For best growth, mix garden soil with compost and sand to improve drainage and fertility. Ensure the soil remains moist but not waterlogged, as this can lead to bulb rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Montbretia, typically a garden plant, doesn't require frequent repotting. If grown in containers, repot every 2 to 3 years in early spring before the growing season starts, or when it becomes pot-bound.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Montbretia thrives best in outdoor conditions where humidity is natural and doesn't require specific humidity levels. As it is not usually a houseplant, indoor humidity is not a concern.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Montbretia in bright, indirect sunlight.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, ensure soil drains well.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the plant Montbretia 'Carmin Brillant' (Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Carmin Brillant') begins with the germination of corms planted in the soil during spring. The emergent shoots rapidly develop into linear leaves that form a fan-shaped arrangement. Throughout the summer, flower stems arise amongst the leaves, leading to the blossoming of the vibrant red, trumpet-shaped flowers that are attractive to hummingbirds and pollinators. After flowering, the plant sets seed, but propagation is usually more successful through division of the corms. As fall arrives, the plant's aerial parts die back as it enters a period of dormancy over the winter. In the subsequent spring, the cycle recommences as new growth sprouts from the perennial corms.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Crocosmia, often referred to as Montbretia, is commonly propagated through division, which is also the most popular method of propagation for this plant. The ideal time for dividing Montbretia corms is in spring when the threat of frost has passed and before new growth begins. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the corms and gently separate them, ensuring each division has at least one growth point. Replant the separated corms at a depth of approximately 3 to 5 inches (about 7.5 to 12.5 cm) and space them around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) apart, allowing adequate room for growth. Water the newly planted corms thoroughly to establish them. This method is straightforward and helps to rejuvenate older clumps that may have become overcrowded, thus encouraging more vigorous blooming.