Montbretia 'Jim Taggart' Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart'

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


'Jim Taggart' is a clump-forming, cormous perennial to about 90cm with mid-green, sword-shaped leaves.Long sprays oflarge, orange flowerswith red streaks, yellowthroats and prominent, yellow stamens, are produced in mid- to late summer

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Montbretia, Coppertips, Falling Stars.

    • Common names

      Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet 4 inches (1.02 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts pollinators: Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart', also known as montbretia, is known for attracting bees and butterflies, which are essential for pollination.
    • Adds vibrant color: The plant produces vividly colored flowers, typically in shades of red or orange, adding a pop of color to any garden landscape.
    • Easy to grow: Montbretia is relatively low maintenance and can grow in a variety of soil types, although it prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade.
    • Drought-tolerant: Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought, making it suitable for gardens in drier climates.
    • Long blooming period: The flowering period extends from midsummer to early fall, providing long-lasting visual interest in the garden.
    • Resistant to deer: Montbretia is rarely damaged by deer, making it an excellent choice for gardens in areas where deer are common.
    • Versatile use: The flowers are suitable for cutting and make attractive additions to floral arrangements.
    • Creates structure: The sword-like foliage and upright flowering stems can add architectural interest to garden designs.

  • 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 'Jim Taggart' bulbs can be used to create natural dye for fabrics, offering a range of warm hues depending on the mordant used.
    • The tall, sturdy stems can be utilized in basketry or as natural plant supports for weaker-stemmed plants in the garden.
    • Pressed Crocosmia flowers can create artistic herbarium sheets or be used in botanical prints and floral art designs.
    • Dried seed pods from Crocosmia can be incorporated into decorative wreaths and floral arrangements for their unique texture and shape.
    • The flowers are sometimes used in the culinary world as an edible decoration to add a pop of color to salads and desserts.
    • As a nectar-rich plant, Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart' can be planted to create a garden that is conducive to beekeeping activities.
    • Crocosmia leaves can be woven into small, decorative items like bookmarks, taking advantage of their long and pliable nature.
    • When planted along slopes, Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart' can help with soil erosion control due to its clumping growth habit.
    • Photographers sometimes use Crocosmia gardens as a vibrant backdrop for portrait and macro photography sessions.
    • With their showy flowers, these plants can serve as natural indicators of the peak of summer, as they typically bloom during the warmest months.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Crocosmia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Crocosmia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Fiery Love: Crocosmia, also known as Montbretia, often symbolizes passionate love with its vivid red or orange flowers, evoking the intensity and heat of a burning flame.
    • Wild Beauty: The wild and natural appearance of Montbretia can represent untamed and exotic beauty, reminiscent of its South African origins.
    • Endurance: With its ability to thrive in various conditions, Montbretia can symbolize perseverance and the capacity to withstand challenges over time.
    • Zeal and Enthusiasm: The bright, eye-catching blooms of Montbretia may signify a person's zeal for life or an enthusiastic approach towards their endeavors.
    • Attraction and Magnetism: The striking color and shape of Montbretia flowers can suggest an alluring quality, possibly symbolizing magnetic attraction in the context of relationships or ideas.

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

    Montbretia should be watered deeply once a week, providing about one inch of water each time to encourage deep root growth. During hot or dry periods, the frequency may increase to twice a week. It's essential to allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. When watering, aim to provide enough water to soak the roots by applying approximately 0.5 gallons around the base of the plant, avoiding wetting the foliage to minimize the risk of diseases.

  • sunLight

    Montbretia thrives in full sunlight conditions where it can receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The best spot for planting Montbretia is in a well-lit location that is not shaded by larger plants or structures, as full sun encourages robust growth and optimal flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Montbretia prefers temperatures between 60°F and 90°F but can survive minimum temperatures down to about 20°F during its dormant period in the winter. The ideal temperature range for active growth and blooming is between 70°F and 85°F. It is important to protect the plant from frost, which can damage the foliage and flowers.

  • scissorsPruning

    Montbretia benefits from pruning to remove faded flowers and encourage a second bloom. Deadhead spent blossoms regularly during the flowering season. Once flowering has ceased, usually in the late fall, cut the foliage back to within a few inches of the ground. Pruning in early spring to remove any winter-damaged foliage is also recommended, as it promotes healthy growth for the upcoming season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Montbretia (Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart') thrives in well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of around 6.0 to 7.0. A good mix for this plant would be a combination of loam, compost, and some coarse sand to aid drainage. Adding peat or leaf mold can help to maintain the desired pH level and provide the necessary nutrients for vibrant growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Montbretia typically does not require frequent repotting. It should be repotted every 2-3 years or when the clumps become too crowded. Ideally, divide and repot in the early spring just before new growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Montbretia prefers moderate humidity conditions but is generally tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels found in typical outdoor environments. Consistency is key, and this plant does not require any special humidity considerations when grown outdoors.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Montbretia in bright, indirect light with good airflow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade; ensure well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart', commonly known as Montbretia, begins its life as a corm, a bulb-like underground storage organ. In early spring, it starts its growth cycle by sending up shoots that develop into long, sword-shaped leaves. By mid to late summer, these leaves are followed by arching stems adorned with vibrant, funnel-shaped flowers, attracting pollinators to the garden. After flowering, the plant sets seed, which can be dispersed to propagate new plants, although the reproduction is mostly done by dividing the corms, which multiply underground. As autumn approaches, the leaves and stems die back with the first frosts, and the plant enters a period of dormancy over winter. In the following spring, the cycle resumes as the corms regenerate, sending up new shoots to begin the process anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Crocosmia 'Jim Taggart', commonly known as montbretia, is most frequently propagated by dividing its corms. The best time to undertake this method is in late winter to early spring, just before the growing season begins, when the plant is dormant. To propagate montbretia by division, carefully dig up the clump of corms and gently separate them, ensuring each division has at least one growth point. The individual corms can then be replanted immediately at a depth of about 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 12.7 cm) and spaced about 6 inches (15.2 cm) apart, in well-draining soil where they will receive full to partial sunlight. Water the newly planted corms thoroughly to establish a good root system.