Irish fields are very often divided with dry stone walls which wander over the landscape creating little pockets of green. During the summer months the Montbretia blooms to create an even more lovely division. The above wall is dividing the fields which border the Atlantic in Donegal.
Crocosmia is the botanical name for this wonderful orange flower which originated in South Africa. It seems to be hardy enough to survive the Atlantic breezes.
The name crocosmia is derived from the Greek words krokos (saffron) and osme (smell), referring to the saffron-like scent which happens when you dip the dried leaves in water.
Botanist gave it the name Montbretia
This plant was named after Coquebert de Montbret (1780-1801) who was a French botanist who accompanied Napoleon when he invaded Egypt in 1798 and who died there at the age of 20.
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