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Montbretia – oh noooo…

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The Furlong garden is a picture of  colour – oranges and pink. Orange roses and orange Montbretia. I love Montbretia. It’s easy to grow, easy to thin, easy to pull out, easy to pick, and lovely dried in Pot Pourri. And wonderful now in vases of pink mallow, orange Montbretia and roses in our lounge. I have seen it along the roadside and down by the river. But – did you know this?


(Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora)

Montbretia © GBNNSS

Montbretia © GBNNSS

An invasive, non-native plant.

This is an extremely popular garden plant, widely grown for its sprays of reddish orange flowers that appear in late summer. It’s most usually found on roadside verges and hedge banks, along cliff tops and woodland edges and on waste ground where garden plants are discarded.

What’s the problem?

Although viable seed is produced, most reproduction is vegetative from underground corms and long creeping rhizomes; small fragments of root readily become established in the wild. Spread can then be rapid, resulting in dense stands at the exclusion of all other vegetation. It’s increasing rapidly and is especially frequent in the west and around coasts; in western Ireland whole roadsides can be densely carpeted for miles on end.

Rapid Risk Assessment

***** Critical Risk

This hybrid is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales therefore, it is also an offence to plant or otherwise cause to grow these species in the wild.



Author: Elizabeth

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

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