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I've just been digging up a load of bracken only to find that it was hiding a load of montbretia.  I really want to clear the area but feel bad about ditching the montbretia.  Should I replant it elsewhere or can I chuck it without guilt? 

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Chuck without guilt!  It will be a common or garden variety, probably.  If you want Crocosmia there are good varieties, but choose them when in flower.

  • arneilarneil Posts: 254

    Chuck it , but I bet you will find it popping up again next spring , it seems impossible to get it all out !

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,578
    aym280 says:

    What is the difference between Monbretia and crocosmia please?

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    Strictly speaking there isn't one - it's a different name for the same species. But habitually we tend to refer to the short orange flowered form that has gone feral in many parts of the countryside as 'montbretia' and the better behaved cultivars (Lucifer' being the most famous) as 'crocosmia'. The semi-wild variety is pretty enough but if it's happy it is rampant and smothers everything else and that makes it rather dull. I would guess it's unfortunate invasive spread into the countryside arises from it's vigour - people find, like AngieSmash, that it's getting everywhere so they dig up clumps and chuck it out and off it goes, wandering free.

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    Monbretia/crocosmia is one of the few plants to throw into your landfill bin and not in the compost or green bin. 

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,578

    No - I have lots of crocosmias. Lovely plants. There are specialist nurseries for them, different sizes, lovely colours of flowers and leaves. Lucifer must be one of the most popular garden plants around.

    It's just the small orange one that doesn't flower for long and gets totally out of hand that's the problem. 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,578
    aym280 says:

    raisingirl: Is Montbretia definitely the baddie please? I did buy Montbretia and Lucifer as well. 

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    If you look it up on the RHS site you'll see most of the 'crocosmias' are called montbretia (including lucifer) so it's by no means certain that the plant you bought as 'montbretia' is an invasive one. If it didn't have a name other than montbretia it may be - the nicer cultivars all seem to have names. But it's hard to tell. Did it flower? Do you know what colour it is?

    I wouldn't panic - even the thuggish one isn't THAT bad. You have to keep an eye on it or it gets out of hand. But there are plenty of other plants you could say the same of - lemon balm, for example, or borage. 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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