Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora
From Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
Template:Italic title Template:Taxobox Crocosmia × crocosmiflora is a garden hybrid of C. aurea and C. pottsii, first bred by Victor Lemoine in 1880. It is one of many Crocosmia plants known as "montbretia."
Cultivars within C. × crocosmiflora include:
- 'George Davidson' Yellow <ref>Royal Horticultural Society</ref>
- ‘His Majesty’ Flowers large, orange.
- 'Jackanapes' Flowers orange-red, inner lobes golden yellow.
- 'Meteor' Orange yellow
- ‘Solfatare’ Yellow flowers with bronze foliage.
Crocosmia × crocosmiflora is a hybrid between two species (C. aurea x C.pottsii)<ref name = "Parnell 12">Parnell, J. and Curtis, T. 2012. Webb's An Irish Flora. Cork University Press. ISBN 978-185918-4783</ref> and is an invasive plant in New Zealand, common on roadsides in the northern parts of the West Coast of the South Island. The Department of Conservation classes it as an environmental weed.<ref>Template:Cite book</ref>
In Belfast (Northern Ireland) it is recorded as well-established in a wide range of habitats.<ref>Beesley, S. and Wilde, J. 1997. Urban Flora of Belfast. The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University of Belfast. ISBN 0-85389 695X</ref>
Crocosmia × crocosmiflora grows to 90 cm high with long sword-shaped leaves, shorter than the flowering stem and arising from the plant base, ribbed and up to 20mm wide.<ref name="Parnell 12"/> The base is a corm, a swollen underground stem lasting one year. The flowers are up to 5 cm long and coloured deep orange.<ref>Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. and Warburg, E.F.. 1968. Excursion Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-04656-4</ref>
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