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Montbretia Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

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Description

'Lucifer'  is a South African Crocosmia that grows from corms and is hardy in NC. The bright red flowers will light up the garden in the summer and attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. They are often used by florists in flower arrangements.

It prefers moderately moist well-drained soils in sun to partial shade. Plant 6 bulbs to a square foot and 5-8 inches deep. They will naturalize in time but can be divided as needed in the spring. In cooler climates, they may not bloom the first year.

Plant en masse in the border to provide lasting color and cut flowers for your home.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Spider mites can cause damage to the foliage.

More information on Crocosmia hybrids.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#tropical#butterflies#showy flowers#container plant#wildlife plant#red flowers#corms#nectar plant#cut flowers#rabbit resistant#mass planting#flower arrangements#deer resistant#scarlet flowers#naturalizes#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Crocosmia
    Family:
    Iridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Bulb Storage:
    In zone 5 and lower, corms must be dug up and stored in a dry medium for the winter
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Bulb
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Abundant brilliant red, tubular flowers appear in midsummer atop slightly arching, sparsely branched 3-foot-tall stems. Flowers bloom from the bottom up. Good for cut flowers and often used by florists. Blooms June to August.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Filiform
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Sword-shaped basal leaves with parallel venation.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heat
    Humidity
    Rabbits