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Crocosmia is a small genus of flowering plants in the iris family, Iridaceae. It is native to the grasslands of southern and eastern Africa, ranging from South Africa to Sudan. One species is endemic to Madagascar.

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Cousins to the gladiola, these are hardy plants that produce clumps of green sword-shaped leaves, with tall, arching spikes of funnel-shaped blossoms appearing in mid to late summer.

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They are grown from bulbs; I have a special bed for them. A pleasure to watch and photograph! Crocosmia make excellent cut flowers and attract hummingbirds.

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