Montbretia 'Hot Spot' Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' (Firestars Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
montbretia 'Hot Spot'


'Hot Spot' is a cormous perennial to 75cm tall forming a clump of upright, sword-shaped leaves.Upward-facingyellow flowers with red stripes radiating from the base of each petal are borne on arching stems from midsummer into autumn

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Falling Stars, Montbretia

    • Common names

      Crocosmia 'Hot Spot'

  • 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



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' invites bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the garden, enhancing pollination.
    • Vibrant Colors: It offers striking color with its fiery red and orange flowers, adding visual interest to any landscape.
    • Easy to Grow: This plant is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal maintenance once established.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, it is tolerant of dry conditions, making it suitable for gardens with less frequent watering.
    • Long Blooming Period: Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' has a long flowering season, usually from midsummer to early autumn, providing color for many months.
    • Deer Resistant: The plant is not a preferred choice for deer, reducing the likelihood of damage in areas with deer populations.
    • Cut Flower Use: Its stems are sturdy and flowers long-lasting, perfect for creating vibrant fresh or dried floral arrangements.
    • Perennial Growth: As a perennial, it will return year after year, making it a lasting addition to 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

    • Crafting Natural Dyes: The vibrant colors of Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' can be used to create natural dyes for textiles, giving fabric a unique and organic hue.
    • Photography Subject: The striking appearance of this crocosmia makes it a popular choice for photographers seeking to capture the beauty of nature in their work.
    • Educational Tool: Botany students can study Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' to learn about plant structure, flower anatomy, and the process of hybridization in gardening.
    • Garden Design: Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' can be used to add vertical interest in garden beds, with its tall stems and bright blossoms.
    • Mood Enhancement: The bright and cheerful flowers of the plant can be used in horticultural therapy settings to improve mood and reduce stress.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not typically consumed, the flowers can be used as an edible garnish for salads and desserts, as long as they haven't been treated with any harmful chemicals.
    • Fragrance Source: While not commonly known for its scent, some crocosmias have a subtle fragrance that can be used to lightly scent potpourri mixes or drawer sachets.
    • Floristic Studies: Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' is a suitable subject for floristic studies, providing data on blooming periods, pollinator visits, and seed set for ecological research.
    • Markers of Seasonal Change: Gardeners can use Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' to mark the progression of the seasons in temperate gardens, as its flowering time indicates the peak of summer.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may take inspiration from the fiery colors and forms of Crocosmia 'Hot Spot' for works in various mediums, such as watercolor, textiles, or sculpture.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Crocosmia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Crocosmia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Passion: With its fiery red and orange hues, Crocosmia is often associated with intense emotion and passionate feelings.
    • Vitality: The vibrant colors and robust growth of Crocosmia symbolize vitality and the life force.
    • Energy: The bright, eye-catching blooms of Crocosmia evoke a sense of energy and enthusiasm.
    • Attraction: Crocosmia's striking appearance can symbolize attraction and magnetism, much like how its flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollinators.
    • Warmth: The warm spectrum of Crocosmia's flowers is reminiscent of a cozy fire and can symbolize warmth and comfort.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Montbretia requires consistent moisture during its growing and blooming season. For established plants, water deeply once a week with about one to two gallons depending on the soil moisture level and weather conditions. During particularly hot or dry periods, you may need to water twice a week, ensuring the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. In the winter, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering significantly. If you're growing Montbretia in containers, check the soil moisture more frequently, as potted plants tend to dry out faster.

  • sunLight

    Montbretia thrives best in full sunlight receiving at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for planting Montbretia is in a garden area where it can bask in the morning sun and is protected from the strongest afternoon rays, especially in areas with very hot summer climates. However, it can also tolerate partial shade, where it will still produce flowers but possibly not as abundantly.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Montbretia performs well in a wide range of temperatures, but ideally, it thrives in environments where the temperature hovers between 60°F and 80°F. It can withstand a minimum temperature of around 20°F, although it may need mulching in areas where cold temperatures persist. Avoid exposing Montbretia to temperatures over 90°F for prolonged periods as this can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Montbretia should be pruned to remove spent flower stalks and to tidy up the plant. This encourages new growth and can lead to more flowers in the following season. Prune after flowering by cutting back flower stems to the base. Additionally, in late winter or early spring, remove any dead or damaged foliage to prepare the plant for new growth. Regular pruning is not necessary, but an annual clean-up will keep your Montbretia looking its best.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Montbretia 'Hot Spot' thrives in a well-draining soil blend enriched with organic matter, such as compost or peat. A slightly acidic to neutral pH, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0, is ideal for this cultivar.

  • plantRepotting

    Montbretia 'Hot Spot' should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate the growth of its corms and rhizomes.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Montbretia 'Hot Spot' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity conditions but prefers average humidity typical of outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light and well-draining soil for Montbretia 'Hot Spot'.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade with good drainage for Montbretia 'Hot Spot'.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of a Crocosmia 'Hot Spot', commonly known as montbretia, begins with the germination of its corm (a swollen underground stem base), typically in late winter or early spring. As temperatures warm, sprouts emerge, developing into long, narrow leaves and the plant undergoes vegetative growth. By mid to late summer, montbretia enters the flowering stage, producing vibrant orange to red blooms on arching stems that attract pollinators like hummingbirds and bees. After pollination, seeds may form, and as the flowering season ends, the plant enters a period of senescence, with leaves turning yellow and dying back in the fall. The corm survives through winter dormancy, storing energy for the next year's growth cycle. Each year, the corm can produce offsets, leading to the gradual spread and thickening of montbretia clumps in the garden.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Crocosmia 'Hot Spot', part of the Firestars Series, is commonly propagated through the division of its corms. The best time for this is after the foliage has died back in late autumn or before new growth starts in early spring. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the clump of corms and gently pull apart the individual corms, ensuring each one has a piece of the base stem. Replant the corms immediately at a depth of about 3-5 inches (8-13 centimeters) into well-draining soil, spacing them approximately 6 inches (15 centimeters) apart to allow for growth. This method allows the plant to maintain the genetic characteristics of the parent and is the most common way to propagate Crocosmia 'Hot Spot'.