Montbretia - Crocosmia pottsii x aurea = C. x crocosmiiflora

    Description

    Height about 60 cm. Grows from corms to form dense clumps of upright sword-shaped foliage. It has sprays of bright orange flowers, carried in branched spikes. There are many cultivated varieties and this results in a large amount of variation.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Usually found on disturbed ground, roadside verges or waste places as an escape from cultivation or outcast.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread as an escape from cultivation or outcast in Britain, perhaps less so on the eastern side.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional as an escape from cultivation or outcast in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 13 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map