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Orange flower bulb? Perennial? Please help ID

Posted by mangomoon CA (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 21, 11 at 17:39

My neighbor has several of these growing in her yard. They are pretty and I would like to know what the plant is called and if it is a perennial? It looks like it grows from a bulb, but I cannot tell. The stalks are almost 4 ft in height.


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RE: Orange flower bulb? Perennial? Please help ID

Crocosmia aka Montbretia. It is invasive in certain climates so check before you introduce it to your garden and be prepared to watch it carefully. It has taken over large tracts of land in the coastal UK.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crocosmia


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RE: Orange flower bulb? Perennial? Please help ID

In California too. I had to dig up a whole planting bed and strain all the soil through 1/2 inch hardware cloth to get the little root nodules out of the soil before I could replant the bed. Even that did not get them all. Al


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RE: Orange flower bulb? Perennial? Please help ID

More like 'eternal' than 'perennial' when they're happy. They spread by seed or sharply-pointed runners which will easily go through the bulbs of other more-preferred species. And their older bulbs can go down 12" or more, like a string of beads.

Do brilliantly in a sandy/silty soil. Don't mind shade but you'll get more leaves than flowers.

Calistoga is not kidding. They're delightful - in someone else's garden.


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