Definition of montbretia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmäntˈbrēSH(ē)ə/ /ˌmɑntˈbriʃ(i)ə/


  • 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.