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Potts Montbretia

Crocosmia pottsii

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Iridaceae (Iris)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
90 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Flower:
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Orange, 6 petals
 
Tubular orange-red flowers which alternate along the zigzagged stems in an unbranched, one-sided, arching spike. The petal lobes are roughly half as long as the petal tube. The petal tube widens abruptly, unlike the similar looking species Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora). Pollinated by insects.
Fruit:
The fruit is a many-seeded, 3-angled, oblong to globular capsule. The small seeds are winged.
Leaves:
A clump-forming, cormous perennial plant with long and linear, sword-like leaves. All of the leaves are basal and are similar to that of an Iris (hence this plant is in the Iris family). Garden escape species.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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