Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name

Genus: Crocosmia

Specie: Masoniorum


English Name:


Common Name

Coppertip: Giant Montbretia, falling stars,

Botanical Family

Name in Latin: Iridaceae

Name in English: Iris Family

The Plant

Origin: Native to grasslands of Southern Africa.

Growth Habit: deciduous bulbous plant, grown from basal underground corms

Flower: Colourful inflorescences: 4-20 vivid orange subopposite flowers on a divaricately branched stem, terminal inflorescence my have the form of a cyme or raceme.

Blooming Period: summer into fall

Leaf: Lanceolate: Longitudinally pleated. The basal, alternate leaves are cauline (meaning, belonging to the stem) and distichous (meaning, growing in two vertical ranks)..


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Care and Handling

Lasting Quality: 4-6 days

Amount of water: moderate

Nutrition: preservative/ flood

Special handling: ethylene sensitive

Special feature/remarks:

The genus Crocosmia, comprising eight species, is concentrated in eastern South Africa, where six of the species occur, with another endemic to Madagascar. C. masoniorum was crossed with C. paniculata in the second half of the twentieth century by the British gardener Alan Bloom to produce the hybrid 'Lucifer', which is still one of the most popular of all the crocosmia hybrids. Since then many others have been raised but the genus is still mainly popular in Britain. Arguably the most lovely of all Crocosmia species, C. masoniorum deserves to be more widely grown than it is. Rare in the wild, it has nevertheless contributed to some of the most spectacular garden cultivars and hybrids. They have a saffron odour.

The species is named in honour of the Edwardian artist, Marianne Mason and her brother Edward Mason.