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YOLANDA VANVEEN: Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. In this series,
we're learning all about fall-blooming flower bulbs. And in this segment, we're talking
about Crocosmia Carmine Brilliant. And Crocosmia Carmine Brilliant is a beautiful Crocosmia.
It is orange with a little bit of a yellow center and it's smaller than the Lucifer.
It only gets about 2 feet tall; it multiplies really quickly. And again, it's a Hershey's
Kiss type bulb, so you plant it with the tip up and the rooty side down, or, when in doubt,
go sideways, and it likes to be in groups. So always start with three or five or six
in one group as you--when you get your group started. They like full, hot sun and hummingbirds
love all the colors of Crocosmia, so they are definitely a hummingbird-type plant that
adds a lot to your garden. There's over 1500 varieties of Crocosmias. They've been hybridized
throughout history. The original orange varieties came from South Africa, but they brought those
to England, and lots of different people in England have hybridized into many different
colors. So Carmine Brilliant is a hybridized Crocosmia so it's a little bit different than
the native orange ones that come from South Africa because they have a little bit of an
orange throat, and they're very hardy. They'll grow in England, even. The next Crocosmia
that we'll talk about is Emily McKenzie.