Answer: Montbretia is Tritonia. The plants grow from corms and are related to freesia, ixia, and sparaxis. They have narrow, sword-shaped leaves. Flower stems are branched and carry short, spikelike clusters of brilliant orange flowers in late summer. The corms can be left in the ground all winter. The foliage will die down with frost but new leaves will sprout again in the springtime. The plants naturalize easily and can become invasive. They make long-lasting cut flowers and are good in rock gardens, borders and pots. Montbretia is a popular and carefree plant in Pacific Northwest gardens.
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