Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’           Family: Iridaceae      
(kro-KOZ-mee-ah)

Common name: monbretia
Zone: 6 – 9
Height: 3-4 ft (90-120 cm) Spread: 18-24 in (45-60 cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description:  An herbaceous perennial with a fairly upright, clumping habit. Medium green leaves, looking very much like long blades of grass, drape wonderfully in a vase-like form. Arching stems of eye-catching flame red, funnel-shaped flowers appear in mid-summer through autumn.

 

Special Notes:  A native to South Africa, this is a good cut flower for floral arrangements. Attracts bees, butterflies and especially hummingbirds. Plant grows from corms. Seeds do not always come true. Seed is used largely in the production of new varieties. Established clumps should be divided every 3 – 4 years in spring or autumn. Few pests or disease.


RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993

 

Posted on August 16, 2012