Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Crocosmia crocosmiiflora
Feileastram dearg
Family: Iridaceae

Flowering: July-October. Perennial. Introduced. Garden escape.

Terminal spikes of bright orange flowers, funnel-shaped.
Strap-like leaves, shorter than flower stems. Leaves die down in winter
and give protection to the corms. Height: To 100 cm

Woods, dry banks, roadsides. Locally abundant in S and W Ireland, occasional elsewhere. Naturalised garden escape.

Similar: Potts' Montbretia, Crocosmia pottsii

Above: Monbretia. Ballingeary, Co.Cork. September 2008

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