- Monbretia is a hybrid of species originating from South Africa, the hybrid was first introduced from France to the UK in 1880 as a garden plant, escaping into the wild in 1911. It quickly spread throughout the 20th Century.
- Once established the species can dominate areas outcompeting native flora.
- Bulblike organs called corms provide the plant with energy, the plant is able to regenerate from this material.
- The plant is widespread over much of the UK but more common in western areas.
- Smooth upright bright green leaves less than 3cm wide are present from spring to autumn, these form dense stands which can cover large areas. The plant grows to 60cm tall.
- During the winter leaves die and are brownish in colour, with dead flowering stems and seed heads.
- Flowers are orange in colour forming nodding clusters.
- Corms are present underground at the base of the plant, and can be used to identify the species from other similar looking plants.
- Plants can be dug out but it is essential that all the plant material and corms are removed. If corms are broken up or accidentally left they can produce new plants potentially making the problem worse.
- Excavated material should be removed from site to licensed landfill as controlled waste, or dealt with on site in waste management areas or buried.
- Infestations can be effectively treated with herbicide whilst the plants are actively growing
When treating large areas, a suitable grass and forb mix should be sown to prevent bare ground and colonisation of other unwanted species.
If you have concerns over Monbretia on your land, if you are unsure of your legal responsibilities, or, if you would like a quotation for control, please contact one of our specialist surveyors. Treatment costs start at £380.00 + VAT.