Probably the most widely grown cultivar of Crocosmia, award-winning 'Lucifer' produces decorative clumps of erect pleated leaves and brilliant wands of fiery scarlet red tubular flowers which bloom for 5-8 weeks from mid to late summer. Extremely showy, this South African native is a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. Its vibrant blossoms give way to seedpods that persist into fall and attract hungry birds.
- Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Great perennial for the late season garden as it provides weeks of vibrant colors when many other perennials are starting to fade.
- Resembling the foliage of sword-lilies, Crocosmia's narrow, bladed leaves also provide interesting vertical accents in the borders.
- Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm) with a spread of 1-2 ft. (30-60 cm) and begins to produce its lovely blossoms in the summer.
- Excellent border plant providing color and contrast to the perennial border. It looks spectacular in front of green conifers, among dark leaved dahlias and cannas or next to blue-flowering plants such as Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile), Aconitum (Monkshood) or Echinops (Globe Thistle). Should be planted in clumps of 12 or more.
- May be grown in containers - make sure you select a large pot with drainage holes.
- Makes wonderful cut flowers and will last up to 2 weeks in a vase.
- Easily grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained. Thrives in full sun or partial shade where it will multiply rapidly and readily.
- Tolerant of summer heat and humidity, it is also drought tolerant (once established), salt tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant.
- Plant crocosmia bulbs (more exactly "corms") in spring. It is recommended to dig up the corms in late fall in hardiness zones 5 & 6 and store them over winter until the next spring. In other cold areas, add a generous amount of mulch, to protect your plants from freezing.
- Propagate by division or by corm offsets.
- Crocosmias should only be divided every 3-4 years in late fall.
- After the plants have died back in the fall, they can be cut at the ground level.
Crocosmia is a genus in the Iridaceae family from tropical and eastern South Africa, which includes 8 species of crocosmia plants as well as many hybrids.