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Commonly known as Montbretia
Well-known hybrids from mainly C. crocosmiiflora (Montbretia) and C. masoniorum.
Genus of 8 species of clump-forming, cormous perennials from grassland in South Africa.
The robust, invasive crocosmiiflora was developed in France and introduced to the UK in 1880. By 1911 it had become a garden escapee and has proliferated ever since. It can completely dominate a habitat to the exclusion of native plants and is listed on Schedule 9 of the Widlife and Countryside Act of 1981 making it an offence to cause it to grow in the wild.
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Yellow - apricot-yellow
Height - 60-70cm (24-28in)
Spread - 8cm (3in)
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - clump-forming cormous perennial
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - red spider mites occasionally.
Place of origin - South Africa.
Flower Shape - Spikes - - flowers 3cm (1¼in) across on arching, branched stems
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Seasonal Interest - Summer -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - moderately fertile. Humus-rich.
Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -
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