One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the iris family with bright orange-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.
Crocosmia × crocosmiflora, family Iridaceae
- ‘Drive around the country at this time of year, particularly in the south, and you're sure to spot the old-fashioned montbretia waving in swaths on banks and woven through hedgerows.’
- ‘All over the island there are great clumps of the brilliant orange montbretia.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, named after A. F. E. Coquebert de Montbret (1780–1801), French botanist.
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