Common name: Crocosmia, Montbretia, Coppertip, Falling stars
Botanical name: Crocosmia crocosmiiflora Family: Iridaceae (iris family)
Crocosmias, commonly called montbretia, make dense clumps of upright iris-like
foliage; in midsummer this makes a good background for the freesia-shaped
sprays of flowers that are carried just above it.
Plant belonging to the iris family, native to South Africa, with orange or
reddish flowers on long stems. They are grown as ornamental pot plants.
Plants 50–100 cm; 15–25 mm diameter. Stems usually 2–4-branched,
often curving distally. Leaves 5–8, mostly basal, basal much larger than
cauline; blade lanceolate, 8–20 mm wide.