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Crocosmia 'Jackanapes'

I think this is the true plant, introduced by Alan Bloom in 1970. There are a couple of different clones going around under this name, including a rather dull orange imposter. Buyer beware. I grew it from Bressingham Gardens in about 1976, and remember it having narrower tepals and more tubular 'closed' flowers. You might be able to see a mottling in the yellow inner tepals that I also don't remember. Unfortunately, I have no photographs from the time, and my memory is famously inventive, so I may well be wrong.
It may well be the same thing as 'Bicolore' raised by Welker in 1895.

This is also being mass produced commercially, but I don't think it is true to name.

This is the dull orange one!
(Which is probably 'Fire King')

21st August 2006

8th August 2006

6th August 2013


  • Goldblatt,P. ,J.Manning and G.Dunlop. Crocosmia and Chasmanthe. Royal Horticultural Society Plant Collector Guide. Timber Press, 2004.