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.