Yes, I know, they are all my favorites, but they really are at different times and stages in the developement of the gardens.
Several years ago a great gardening friend gave me some starts of his plant. I have always liked crocosmia. They will continue to bloom late summer into fall. ‘Lucifer‘, ‘George Davidson’, and ‘Emily McKenzie’ all reside in our gardens, but ‘solfatare’ is different. This plant won the RHS Award of Garden Merit, 1993.
It was very slow to get going. Solfatare is unique among crocosmias. It’s foliage is an unusual bronze green. The flower buds are an apricot yellow, the open flowers are a sulphur yellow. It grows in a tidy clump, shorter than many of the others. It doesn’t get heavy and fall flat on its face, looking very messy like a lot of the others do. It’s a stand out in our garden because of the interesting foliage color. It would really be amazing in a mass planting in a border. Like the other crocosmias, the blooms attract hummingbirds.
This photo of the flowers, was much better than ones that I took, so I am including a link to the website from which it came. http://rainyside.com/plant_gallery/prennials/CrocosmiaSolfatare.html
What does this plant need to thrive?
Light: Full sun to light shade.
Hardiness: Sunset zones: 4-24.
USDA zones: 6-9.
Heat zones: 9-6.
Mature size: Height: 24-28 inches(60-70 cm).
Flowering period: July through September
Soil requirements: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.
Water requirements: moderate
Even after reading through all the care ‘requirements’ I have to say that in our garden, I planted it in a fairly sunny spot and haven’t worried about it since. I quietly and slowly grows with little fuss.
Bonus: These are a great cut flower.
If I wanted to fuss with it, maybe when I retire, I could remove the spent blooms and the faded foliage in the fall. The only special treatment it’s received in our garden is admiration for being so self-sufficient.
Where to get it: I would start searching online in the spring. I’ve not seen it commonly around the nurseries.
I hope I’ve inspired you to add this rare and unique crocosmia to your yard.
What do you need to grow this plant? It helps to be patient!