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Lucifer Crocosmia

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

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Lucifer Crocosmia (Crocosmia 'Lucifer') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Lucifer Crocosmia flowers

Lucifer Crocosmia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Lucifer Crocosmia (Crocosmia 'Lucifer') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Lucifer Crocosmia flowers

Lucifer Crocosmia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Montbretia

Description:

Breathtaking and bold scarlet-red flower scapes are one-sided and rise above iris-like foliage; attracts hummingbirds; best performance in full-sun; plant corms in spring if starting this plant yourself, can be lifted in fall

Ornamental Features

Lucifer Crocosmia features showy nodding scarlet tubular flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive textured sword-like leaves remain emerald green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lucifer Crocosmia is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lucifer Crocosmia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lucifer Crocosmia will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Lucifer Crocosmia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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7800 Roblin Boulevard
Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

Phone: 204.895.7203
Fax: 204.895.4372
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