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Plant Id help

Posted by cherrykist Z-7 NC (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 25, 08 at 13:00

I bought this plant at the farmer's market. The lady didn't know what it was and neither do i. I thought it looked interesting so I bought it. I am having a hard time finding any info on it. Don't know where to plant it!

Any one have a clue?





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RE: Plant Id help

Crocosmia or Montbretia if you talk to anyone in England.

Easy perennials related to Iris. There are many colors available, all do well here and can take over a flowerbed.

Yours looks kinda like 'Lucifer' which is a hybrid but there are many that look alike.

RE: Plant Id help

Crocosmia, looks like C. masoniorum, from the flower color, but might be one of the hybrids. They are hardy, from corms. They will spread a bit, if happy, but aren't invasive. They make good cut flowers. The species C. crocosmiflora used to be called montbretia, and can be found under that name in some lists. The species name also was changed some years ago from Tritonia. They will take full sun, but can take some shade, esp. afternoon, as well - might need it in the hottest areas.

Oh yeah, mine tend to grow up to the top of the soil over time, and periodically, I have to rebury a clump of corms as I spread mulch in the spring. They like well drained soil, but live, and flower, OK in my barely amended clay.

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