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.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

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Other Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.