Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora

Crocosmia_x_crocosmiflora by Ken Pei
Photo by Ken Pei

Synonyms: derived from C. pottsii X C. aurea; Tritonia X crocosmiiflora

Common names: montbretia

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora (crocosmia or montbretia) is a perennial (family Iridaceae) found along the coast of California and in the San Francsico Bay region. Crocosmia is a commonly cultivated ornamental plant, and is most commonly found near urban areas. It prefers disturbed areas, including roadsides, coastal scrub, prairie and forests. Crocosmia is a superior competitor for water, light and nutrients, and it excludes native plants by growing in dense patches. It reproduces using seeds and underground corms. Upon introduction to a new area, crocosmia spreads slowly at first, then more rapidly as the species becomes established.

Rating: Limited

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