Montbretia [Little Redhead] Crocosmia Little Redhead = 'Walrhead'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
montbretia [Little Redhead]


[Little Redhead] is a compact, clump-forming, cormous perennial with narrow, sword-like leaves to about 50cm high. Sprays of outward-facing, orange-red, funnel-shaped flowers are produced on dark stems in mid- to late summer

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Montbretia, Coppertips, Falling Stars.

    • Common names

      Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Walrhead'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.6 meters)

    • Spread

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts pollinators: Crocosmia Little Redhead is known for its ability to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which are essential for pollination.
    • Vibrant color: With its bright red flowers, this plant adds a vibrant splash of color to any garden or landscape.
    • Easy to grow: Known for its hardiness and low maintenance requirements, it can thrive in a variety of soil conditions and requires minimal care.
    • Long blooming period: The long flowering season, typically from mid-summer to early fall, ensures a continuous display of color.
    • Structural interest: Its arching stems and sword-shaped leaves add structural interest to garden beds and borders.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, Crocosmia Little Redhead is quite drought-tolerant, making it suitable for xeriscaping or gardens with low water availability.
    • Resistant to pests: It is generally resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical interventions.
    • Good for cut flowers: The blooms are excellent for making fresh floral arrangements as they have a good vase life.

  • 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

    • Photography Subject: Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' can provide a striking subject for macro photography due to its vibrant red-orange flowers and interesting structure.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may use the fiery hues and elegant form of Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' as inspiration for paintings, illustrations, and textile designs.
    • Educational Tool: Botany enthusiasts might use Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' to teach principles of plant growth, reproduction, and pollination strategies to students and hobbyists.
    • Culinary Garnish: The flowers of Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' can be used as a colorful, albeit unconventional, garnish for salads and desserts, after ensuring they are free of pesticides and safe for consumption.
    • Dye Production: The pigments from the flowers and foliage might be explored as a natural dye for fabrics or paper, although this is not a common use.
    • Bioindication: Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' can potentially be used as a bioindicator plant to monitor environmental conditions, such as soil health and moisture levels.
    • Fantasy Theme Gardening: The bright, dragon-like appearance of Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' can make it an intriguing addition to fantasy-themed gardens intended to invoke a sense of enchantment or mythical ambiance.
    • Floral Language and Symbolism: In floral language, Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' might be used to convey a message of fiery passion or zest for life, enhancing the meaning behind bouquets and flower arrangements.
    • Habitat Enrichment: The plant can be added to butterfly gardens or insect-friendly landscapes to provide nectar for pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies.
    • Erosion Control: Although not a widely recognized use, the root system of Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' could help stabilize soil in areas susceptible to erosion.

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: Crocosmia, with its fiery red flowers, often symbolizes intense emotions and passion, making it a representation of deep love and desire.
    • Vibrancy: The bright and bold colors of the Crocosmia make it a symbol of vibrancy and energy, reflecting an enthusiastic and spirited nature.
    • Warmth: The warm hues of Crocosmia blooms can represent warmth and comfort, symbolizing a feeling of being welcomed or the presence of a warm-hearted person.
    • Survival and Resilience: As Crocosmia is known for its hardy nature and ability to thrive in various conditions, it often symbolizes the ability to overcome challenges and survive through adversity.
    • Independence: The plant's ease of growth and minimal need for care can symbolize independence and self-reliance.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Montbretia 'Little Redhead' prefers consistent moisture, especially during the growing season in spring and summer, but good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot. Water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1-2 gallons of water for each plant, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Be cautious of overwatering, and reduce the frequency during the fall and winter when the plant is dormant. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering again to ensure the plant is not sitting in soggy soil.

  • sunLight

    Montbretia 'Little Redhead' thrives in full sun to partial shade, with at least 6 hours of sunlight daily being optimal. The best spot for planting would be in a garden bed that receives morning sun and some afternoon shade, especially in areas with very hot summers. This light exposure encourages vibrant blooms and healthy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Montbretia 'Little Redhead' is hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures but performs best in areas where the temperature is between 60°F and 90°F. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 20°F. To achieve the best growth, avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 20°F or above 90°F for extended periods.

  • scissorsPruning

    Montbretia 'Little Redhead' benefits from pruning to remove spent flowers and encourage reblooming. Prune the faded blooms periodically throughout the blooming season. In late fall or early winter, after the foliage has died back, cut the plant down to the ground. This will help to keep the plant healthy and ensure vigorous growth for the next season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Montbretia 'Little Redhead' prefers well-draining, fertile soil that is kept moist but not soggy. A good mix can be achieved with loam garden soil, peat, and sharp sand to ensure adequate drainage. A soil pH of slightly acidic to neutral ranging from 6.0 to 7.0 is ideal for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Montbretia 'Little Redhead' typically does not require frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. Repot or divide the plant every 3 to 4 years to maintain vigor and manage overgrowth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Montbretia 'Little Redhead' thrives best in outdoor conditions where it can receive natural humidity. It does not have specific humidity requirements but grows well in average garden conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Use bright, indirect light and pot with drainage holes.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade in fertile soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Crocosmia 'Little Redhead', also known as Montbretia 'Little Redhead', begins its lifecycle as a dormant corm during winter. In spring, the corm sends up sword-shaped, green foliage and starts developing flower buds. By mid to late summer, these buds blossom into vibrant red-orange flowers, attracting pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds. After flowering, the plant sets seed, which can be dispersed to propagate the species. With the arrival of fall, the plant's aerial parts die back, and the corm enters dormancy again to conserve energy for the next growing season. Throughout the year, the plant also gradually multiplies by producing new corms alongside the parent corm, expanding into larger clumps over time.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The Crocosmia 'Little Redhead' is most commonly propagated by dividing the corms. The best time for this is in the late winter or early spring when the plant is dormant, before new growth begins. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the clumps of corms and gently separate them, making sure that each division has at least one growth point. The individual corms can then be replanted at the same depth they were growing before, typically about 3 to 5 inches (approximately 7.5 to 12.5 centimeters) deep, and spaced about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) apart. Water the newly planted corms well to help establish them. This method promotes healthy growth and rejuvenates older plants that may have become too crowded.