West Highland Flora

Montbretia


Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora

Older name: Tritonia x crocosmiiflora

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora

Photo Sue Watkins
Idrigill House B&B, Uig, Skye

Common beside burns and in damp places at low altitudes.  A well-naturalised escape.

Flower diameter c 2.5-5 cm

ID: Flowers  in a one-sided spike, orange and red, flower tube widening out halfway along into 6 spreading petals.  Stamens much longer than tube but not quite reaching to end of petals (when these straightened up).

Other features: Grows from roundish corms visible at ground level, which multiply into clumps.  Leaves long, like Iris or Gladiolus leaves.  Other garden Crocosmia species may also be found in the wild, but this is by far the commonest.

 

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Aug 2003 Staffin, Skye


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