Montbretia 'Orange Devil' Crocosmia 'Orange Devil'
'Orange Devil' is a cormous perennial producing an upright clump of sword-shaped leaves. From mid-summer to mid-autumn dark, arching stems, to 90cm tall, bear bright red-orange, upward-facing, trumpet-shaped flowers with narrow petal-lobes and prominent cream stamens
About this plant
Crocosmia 'Orange Devil'.
Color of leaves
2-3 feet (60-90 cm)
1-2 feet (30-60 cm)
- General Benefits
- Vibrant Color: Adds a pop of bright orange-red color to the garden, ideal for creating eye-catching flower beds or borders.
- Attracts Pollinators: Draws in hummingbirds and butterflies, helping to pollinate your garden.
- Long Blooming Season: Offers a lengthy floral display from midsummer to early fall, providing long-lasting garden interest.
- Drought Tolerant: Once established, has a good resistance to drought, making it suitable for low-water gardens.
- Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once settled in, making it an easy plant for gardeners of all levels.
- Cut Flower Use: The blooms make excellent and long-lasting cut flowers for arrangements and bouquets.
- Deer and Rabbit Resistant: Less likely to be eaten by deer and rabbits, helping to maintain the integrity of your garden design.
- Hardy Perennial: As a hardy perennial, it returns year after year, reducing the need for replanting.
- Easy to Propagate: Can be easily propagated by division, which allows you to expand your garden or share with friends.
- Adaptable: Tolerant of many soil types, although it prefers well-drained soil, it can adapt to various garden conditions.
- Structural Interest: The sword-like foliage and arching flower stems provide structural interest even when the plant is not in bloom.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Crocosmia 'Orange Devil' can be used as a natural pest deterrent due to its pungent smell that some insects find off-putting.
- As a dye plant, the vibrant flowers and leaves of Crocosmia can provide natural dyes for fabrics and artworks.
- In floral art, Crocosmia's striking flowers can be pressed and used to create botanical prints or to embellish handmade paper.
- The plant’s sturdy stems can be incorporated into homemade wreaths and other decorative craft projects.
- Due to its dense growth, Crocosmia can serve as a privacy screen in gardens when planted in a continuous row.
- With its rich nectar, Crocosmia is excellent for creating a butterfly garden, attracting different species of butterflies and other pollinators.
- This plant can be used for soil erosion control on slopes and banks, as its root system helps to hold the soil in place.
- Crocosmia's dried seed pods create a rattling sound and can be used in dried floral arrangements or as part of musical instruments for children.
- The sword-like foliage can add a dramatic backdrop in photography, especially in garden and nature-inspired shoots.
- Crocosmia flowers can be floated in water bowls as an eco-friendly decor for garden parties or as a centerpiece in outdoor events.
- Feng Shui
The Crocosmia is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The Crocosmia is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Passion and Desire: The fiery orange color of the Crocosmia blooms are often associated with feelings of passion, desire, and intense emotion, similar to the symbolism of red roses.
- Vibrancy and Energy: The Crocosmia's striking appearance and bold color convey a sense of vibrancy and energy, making them a symbol for an enthusiastic and spirited approach to life.
- Strength and Warmth: Just as the color orange represents warmth, like the sun, the Crocosmia's hues can symbolize strength, endurance, and the warmth of human connections.
Montbretia prefers consistent moisture, especially during the growing season in spring and summer. Water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water for each plant, ensuring thorough saturation of the soil. Reduce watering frequency to every other week in the fall and only water sparingly during the winter months when the plant is dormant, as overwatering can lead to bulb rot. The actual amount of water needed can vary based on climate and soil drainage, so it's essential to check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering again.
Montbretia thrives in a location where it can receive full sun to partial shade. Ideally, it should be placed in a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. However, in areas with very hot summers, some afternoon shade can be beneficial to prevent scorching of the leaves.
Montbretia prefers temperatures that range from 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. It can survive minimum winter temperatures down to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged exposure to cold below this can damage the plant. To ensure vigorous growth and flowering, keeping the plant within this ideal temperature range is crucial.
Prune Montbretia after flowering, removing any spent blooms to encourage a tidy appearance and possibly a second flush of flowers. In late fall or early winter, once the foliage has died back, cut the plant down to ground level to prepare it for dormancy. Pruning is typically done once a year, but deadheading can be done as needed throughout the blooming season.
Montbretia, commonly known as Crocosmia 'Orange Devil', thrives best in rich, well-drained soil that has a slightly acidic to neutral pH ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. The ideal soil mix should include organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve fertility, along with sharp sand or fine grit to enhance drainage.
Montbretia doesn't require frequent repotting as they are typically grown from corms that can be left undisturbed for several years. However, you should consider dividing and repotting the Crocosmia 'Orange Devil' every 3 to 4 years to prevent overcrowding and to maintain the plant's vigor.
- Humidity & Misting
Montbretia (Crocosmia 'Orange Devil') prefers outdoor conditions and does not require specific humidity levels. It will tolerate a wide range of humidity as long as it is planted in well-draining soil and receives adequate water during its growing season.
- Suitable locations
Ensure bright light, keep soil moist. Not ideal for indoor cultivation.
Plant in full sun, well-draining soil, water regularly.
- Life cycle
The Crocosmia 'Orange Devil', also known as Montbretia 'Orange Devil', begins its life cycle when corms are planted in the ground during spring. After planting, the corms sprout into strap-shaped green leaves, followed by the emergence of tall, arching stems bearing the vibrant orange, funnel-shaped flowers throughout the summer months. After blooming, the flowers fade and seed pods may develop, although Crocosmia primarily propagates through corm offsets rather than seeds. As fall approaches, the plant's foliage dies back with the onset of colder weather, signaling the plant's entry into dormancy. Throughout winter, the corms rest beneath the soil, conserving energy for the next growing season. With the return of warmer spring temperatures, Crocosmia 'Orange Devil' re-emerges from dormancy, completing its life cycle and beginning a new cycle of growth.
Late spring to early summer
Propogation: The Crocosmia 'Orange Devil', commonly known as crocosmia, is often propagated through division, which is the most popular method. The best time for dividing crocosmia corms is in late fall to early spring. To propagate, carefully lift the clump of corms out of the soil using a spade or fork. Gently separate the baby corms, which are typically found above the mother corm from the previous season. Ensure each section has at least one baby corm and some roots attached. These divisions can then be replanted immediately at a depth of approximately 3 to 5 inches (about 7.5 to 12.5 centimeters) into well-draining soil, spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart (approximately 15 to 20 centimeters). The plants should be watered thoroughly after planting to encourage establishment.