Lilac (?) and Mystery flower

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  1. jogarden

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    Hi,
    Two plants for help with id.
    The one tree looks like it belongs to the lilac family. These are ubiquitous in Victoria. The other is an unknown flower.
    Thank you!
    Jo
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Butterfly bush and a crocosmia, the latter looking like one of the non-red seedlings of the popular bigeneric hybrid 'Lucifer' (technically not a crocosmia but usually called one in practice) I have seen grown under its name down here.
     
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    Ron - what's the reference re: the Crocosmia?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Crocosmia x Curtonus.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    That's why it doesn't look like the many others that are sold that are pure montbretia. There are at least a few other selections of such parentage, see New Ornamental Society (NOS) online Crocosmia Page for a listing and brief descriptions.
     
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    I have a butterfly bush growing in my garden.
    Where can I get the mystery flower Crocosmia x Curtonus?
    And how do I care for one?

    My garden receives full sun.


    Thanks
     
  8. David in L A

    David in L A Active Member 10 Years

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    Peter Goldblatt lumped Curtonus into Crocosmia back in 1971.
    (Cytological & morphological studies in southern African Iridaceae, Journal of South African Botany vol. 37, pp. 317-460)
     
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    dryflygirl: you can get Crocosmia in any local garden centre or nursery, or if you can wait till Fall - there's usually plenty to trade.
     
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    Be very careful which cultivar you choose. It can be a total thug, in many places in the South West of the UK they seed around and we have huge swathes of them on the roadsides.

    I spent three years digging out vast dense mats of the corms when I moved into this house, and even now I'm still removing unwanted seedlings from the garden ever year. The one I like best, 'Rowalane Yellow' is slow to bulk up. Typical!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    >Peter Goldblatt lumped Curtonus into Crocosmia back in 1971.<

    RHS Horticultural Database, which they like to follow here at UBC retrieves listings under Crocosmia (paniculata etc.) only when searched for Curtonus.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Additionally, the RBG Kew Genera database follows Goldblatt. We would preferentially use this information over RHS if they differed.
     

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