Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small group of cormous gladiolus-like plants of the family Iridaceæ, now merged with the genus Tritonia. The species best known in gardens (where they are treated after the manner of gladiolus) are Tritonia Pottsii and T. crocosmæflora, the latter a hybrid of T. Pottsii and Crocosmia aurea. The plants are South African. They produce a blaze of red or orange flowers in summer.
“Most recently was this particular corm planted in my own garden and although it is sometimes referred to as montbretia, all the same, it is certainly a summer bulb to have in your garden.”
“At first, I thought it was an invasive clump of montbretia, that bramble of the flowering perennial world which we have in spades.”
“As I go homewards along the coastal road, the sea appears as blue as cornflowers, vivid against swaths of orange montbretia.”
“How montbretia, a native of the South Africa veld, became established – miles from the nearest garden – is a mystery, but its orange blooms, as incandescent as coal in a furnace, added a fiery hue to a hot afternoon.”
“This montbretia cultivar is an Alan Bloom hybrid Crocosmia x Curtonus which has flowers and foliage that are similar to gladiolus.”
“Here, he says, let there be lupins; and Over there, he adds, montbretia shall be no more seen.”
“You can also plant summer bulbs such as onions, potatoes, lilies, liatris, acidanthera, gladiolus and montbretia.”
“Crocosmias have montbretia, run amok in the hedgerows of Cornwall and Co Kerry and populating them with unwanted offspring.”
“I never wrote it down but a fuchia hedge and montbretia should be there too”
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