A medium sized Foliage Group cultivar; dark green foliage, large, acuminate shaped, maroon margin, upright habit; spikes of flowers are erect, self-coloured orange-red, staminodes are narrow, edges irregular, petals yellow, fully self-cleaning, outstanding bloomer; fertile both ways, not self-pollinating or true to type, capsules globose; rhizomes are thick, up to 3 cm in diameter, coloured white and pink; tillering is average.
The earliest reference is Subtropical Gardening by Robinson 1868. He describes it as “Rhizomes large. Stalks strong, green. Leaves large, glaucous-green, and acuminate. Flowers large, bright orange. Free flowering; fine habit. Height over 6 ft.”
The flowers of this specimen were considered to be large in 1868, when Monsieur Crozy was working to produce the larger flowered specimens we now enjoy.