Montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow' Crocosmia 'Paul's Best Yellow'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow'


'Paul's Best Yellow' is a cultivar whose arching stems bear large, pure mid-gold flowers in late summer and early autumn. These appear almost freesia-like and are outward-facing. Stems reach around 1m in height

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Montbretia, Coppertips, Falling Stars.

    • Common names

      Crocosmia 'Paul's Best Yellow'.

  • 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

    • Enhanced Garden Aesthetics: Adds vibrant yellow color to garden landscapes during its blooming season, significantly enhancing visual interest.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blooms of Montbretia are known to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Montbretia is quite resilient to periods of low water availability, making it suitable for drought-prone areas.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care beyond the initial planting phase, making it an excellent choice for gardeners looking for low-maintenance flora.
    • Perennial Growth: As a perennial, Montbretia will return each year, providing consistent beauty and reducing the need for annual replanting.
    • Architectural Interest: The sword-like foliage and arching flower spikes create an interesting shape and texture contrast in garden designs.
    • Versatility: Suitable for a variety of garden styles, including cottage gardens, modern landscapes, and wildflower meadows.
    • Container Gardening: Can be grown in pots or containers for those with limited garden space or who wish to add accents to patios and balconies.
    • Cut Flower Use: The blooms make excellent cut flowers for arrangements, bringing a piece of the garden indoors.
    • Naturalizing: Montbretia has the ability to spread and naturalize an area over time, creating drifts of color without much intervention.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooms in late summer, a time when many other plants may be past their peak, keeping the garden lively and colorful.

  • 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 can be used in floral art and arrangements due to their striking, arching sprays of funnel-shaped flowers, adding both height and vibrant color to compositions.
    • They can serve as a natural pest deterrent in gardens, as some insects and animals avoid the plant, thereby protecting nearby more sensitive plants.
    • Crocosmia is sometimes used as a natural dye source, where its petals can yield hues for textile coloring, although this is not a common practice.
    • The foliage of Crocosmia can be used as a green filler in bouquets and flower arrangements when the flowers are not in bloom.
    • Mature clumps of Crocosmia can be used as erosion control on slopes due to their robust root systems that hold soil in place.
    • The plant is used as a learning tool for botanical and horticultural education, demonstrating bulbous plant growth and care.
    • Crocosmia can be used in photography projects, particularly macro photography, due to their intricate form and vibrant colors.
    • In landscaping, different varieties of Crocosmia, including 'Paul's Best Yellow', can be used for succession planting, providing continuous color throughout the growing season.
    • The dried seed pods of Crocosmia can be used in dry flower arrangements, adding texture and interest in the absence of colorful blooms.
    • Crocosmia's bright flowers attract pollinators like hummingbirds and bees, making it valuable for supporting local ecosystems and pollination in gardens.

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

    • Attraction and Vibrancy: Crocosmia, also known as montbretia, commonly symbolizes the idea of attracting new love or maintaining the vibrancy in an existing relationship due to its bright and attractive flowers.
    • Wild Beauty: Montbretia is often associated with wild beauty, since it thrives in natural settings and its vivid colors stand out in any landscape, capturing the untamed allure of nature.
    • Strength and Resilience: Crocosmia's ability to stand tall and upright despite the elements may serve as a symbol of strength and resilience, encouraging individuals to withstand hardships.
    • Warmth and Energy: The bright yellow hue of 'Paul's Best Yellow' Crocosmia may be associated with the warmth of the sun and the energy of life, embodying positivity and inspiration.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Early spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow' needs consistent moisture, especially during the growing season, but does not like to sit in waterlogged soil. To achieve the right balance, water the plant with about 1 inch of water each week, ensuring you soak the ground thoroughly. During periods of high heat or drought, increase the frequency of watering to twice a week, but always check the soil moisture first to avoid overwatering. Once established, Montbretia can tolerate some dryness, but for the best bloom production, keep the soil evenly moist. Avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of fungal diseases, and instead water at the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    Montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow' thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers at least 6 full hours of sunlight a day, as this will ensure the most vibrant blooms. However, in particularly hot climates, some afternoon shade will help protect the plant from excessive heat stress. A spot that receives morning sunlight and dappled shade in the afternoon is ideal for Montbretia in warmer regions.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow' prefers temperate climates and typically grows best within temperature ranges of 50°F to 75°F. It can endure minimum temperatures down to around 20°F, which allows it to survive in USDA zones 5 through 9. Montbretia still requires protection from harsh frost and should be mulched or sheltered in colder climates to help it survive winter temperatures that dip below its tolerance zone.

  • scissorsPruning

    Montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow' should be pruned to remove spent flower spikes and to tidy up any damaged or dying foliage. This can help promote a second flush of blooms and prevent the plant from putting energy into seed production. Pruning is best done after blooming has finished, typically in late summer or early fall. Cut back the flower stems to ground level, and remove any yellowing leaves, but retain the healthy green foliage to allow energy collection for the next year's growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Montbretia, commonly known as Crocosmia 'Paul's Best Yellow', thrives in well-draining soil rich in organic matter with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. A good soil mix can be made by combining two parts garden soil, one part peat or compost, and one part sand or perlite to ensure proper drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Montbretia should be repotted every 2-3 years to prevent overcrowding and to refresh the soil. The best time to repot is in the spring just before new growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Montbretia prefers moderate humidity and does well in typical outdoor conditions. There is no specific humidity level required, but they should not be in overly dry or overly wet environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, and moderate water.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-drained soil, and protect from coldest winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Crocosmia 'Paul's Best Yellow', commonly known as Montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow', begins its life as a corm, which is a storage organ that helps the plant survive winter. In spring, the corm sends up sword-shaped foliage and flowering stems as temperatures rise and days lengthen. The plant comes into bloom in mid to late summer, displaying spikes of yellow flowers that attract pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds. After flowering, the blooms give way to seed capsules; however, propagation is more commonly achieved by dividing the corms. As autumn approaches and temperatures drop, the plant's foliage begins to die back and the corm enters a dormant period. Montbretia 'Paul's Best Yellow' will remain dormant throughout the winter, conserving its energy for the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • The Crocosmia 'Paul's Best Yellow', commonly known as Montbretia, is principally propagated by division of its corms. This process is best carried out in spring, just before the growing season starts, when the soil begins to warm up. To propagate Montbretia this way, carefully dig up the corms and gently separate them by hand, making sure each division has at least one growing point or bud. The individual corms should then be replanted immediately at a depth of about 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters), allowing adequate space for growth, usually 6 to 8 inches (about 15 to 20 centimeters) apart. This simple and effective method ensures a clone of the parent plant, maintaining the cultivar's specific traits such as its vibrant yellow color.