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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'


Abundant eye-catching, brillliantly red, tubular flowers appear in midsummer atop bold, slightly arching, sparsely branched 3-foot-tall stems. Crocosmia's mid-green leaves are pleated and swordlike.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsCrocosmia make excellent cut flowers and attract hummingbirds.

CareThrives in a warm, south-facing location. Site near a wall where not reliably hardy. Apply a thick layer of mulch in winter. Plants also require well-drained soil. Lift and divide clumps in spring to maintain vigor.

PropagationDivide in spring.

ProblemsSpider mites.

  • Genus : Crocosmia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Foliage
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. user-7007614 05/25/2015

    I planted a "Lucifer" 4 years ago...got great foliage...then nothing this year. We had a pretty hard winter later year in Indiana and I dug up the bulbs to see if a vole had gotten to them, but they appeared to be intact. Fortunately I took some seeds last year and got a couple shoots I hoped to transplant to another area. Is there ever a reason they would go dormant for one season or are they dead?

    1. debbiefroedge 09/22/2015

      These can be invasive once established so hopefully you can get them going next year. I am in indiana and have tons of them spreading like crazy. I will share if you want. email me if interested ask for email address

      1. pandalanawilliams 06/17/2016

        Do you still have any to share?

        1. debbiefroedge 06/17/2016

          which plant were we talking about?

          1. debbiefroedge 06/17/2016

            oh - i see - yes i do -

          2. jenniferanndruding 08/26/2017

            Debbie, I realize your comments about this crocosmia Licifer is more than 2 years old, but I was hoping you possibly could have either some bulbs or seeds you'd care to share w/gardener in Maryland, zone 7a. I just saw this plant w/hummers feeding on it last weekend and would love to send SASE if you'd care to share w/me... or any other plant, bulb, seeds for birds, butterflies, insects. Am 3C ovarian cancer survivor and being disabled provides me w/alot of "viewing" time out my windows and in my yard as I medically retired enduring 28 months of chemo. Nonetheless, I'm here and would love any additions to enhance my garden's visitors. RSVP if you agree so I can provide you further contact info. Kind regards, Jennifer Ann

          3. debbiefroedge 08/26/2017

            I would be glad to share and i see that i have missed several post on this page and i apologize - please email me at dlfroedge@gmail.com and I will discuss this personally with you to make arrangements - thanks

          4. pandalanawilliams 06/18/2016

            The crocosmia lucifer :)

          5. debbiefroedge 08/26/2017

            I would be glad to share - please email me at dlfroedge@gmail.com and I will discuss this personally with you to make arrangements - thanks

          6. pandalanawilliams 07/04/2016

            Not sure if you got my reply "Crocosmia Lucifer" :)

    2. debbiefroedge 09/22/2015

      I have tons of these and live in Indiana as well. Once they get going they can be invasive.

  2. larryclifford 07/01/2016

    I live in South Bend, and LOVE the Lucifer. BUT, they are sporadic sometimes, and REQUIRE A HEAVY MULCH for winter.

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