Giant crocosmia

Diane Whitehead
Thu, 21 Aug 2003 16:49:00 PDT
I was just at a friend's house helping her ID some of her crocosmia, 
using the pictures on Dave Fenwick's website and matching the flowers 
with her list of plants bought in Scotland, England and the U.S.

Her Emily McKenzie is immense.  You could serve sandwiches on the 
flowers. (well, a tea sandwich maybe).  I've just measured and the 
flower is 8 cm across (3.25 inches).

There seem to be a couple of forms growing in Victoria: this immense 
one which is very brightly coloured - a very broad band of dark red 
contrasting with the orange.  The one sold in nurseries isn't as big 
or as intense.  Could this be because they are growing in pots?

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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