You can bring the ultimate autumn feeling into your home with Crocosmia. This flower, also known as monbretia, brings autumn’s warm colour palette to the vase. A real colourful delight!
Colours and shapes
Crocosmia is available in colours ranging from pale orange to deep red. You can find some twenty varieties of Crocosmia at florists, and it can be recognised by the bell-shaped flowers on long curved spikes. The stems are strong and tall, and the leaves are sword-shaped. There are also varieties that produce attractive berries. A yellow juice can be extracted from the flowers that is used as a substitute for the popular spice saffron.
The name Crocosmia comes from the Greek words krokos (saffron) and osme (scent). This is a clear reference to the strong, recognisable scent of saffron that is released when the dried flowers are placed in hot water.
Crocosmia originates from South Africa, where it’s endemic. The flower has been cultivated in the Netherlands since 1990. They are mainly exported to the United Kingdom, where Crocosmia is a real sensation!