Scientific Name:
Crocosmia Planch. in Plancohn, Fl. Serres Jard. Eur. 7: 161 (1851)
  • = Curtonus N.E.Br.
Vernacular Name(s):

Erect, sometimes rhizomatous, evergreen or summer-green perennial. Corms globose. Leaves distichous, ensiform, in basal fan, and cauline. Inflorescence ± flattened, usually sparingly branched, branches flexuous. Flowers orange to brick-scarlet, each within 2 short, brownish, acute or obtuse, apiculate spathe-valves; tube cylindrical, straight or curved, slightly dilated above; lobes ± equal, spreading, obtuse, or uppermost ± hooded. Stamens ± symmetrical. Style 3-fid; branches entire, ± dilated at tip. Capsule subglobose. Seed usually 1–2 in each locule, numerous aborted ovules present.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]

Number of species and named hybrids in New Zealand within Crocosmia Planch.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Exotic: Casual1
Hobbs, J.; Hatch, T. 1994: Bulbs for New Zealand Gardens. Godwit Press, Auckland.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.
Plancohn, J.É. 1851: Crocosma aurea. Flore des Serres et des Jardins de l'Europe 7: 161–162.