Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

2 litre pot £9.99
available to order from late spring
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Crocosmia 'Lucifer' montbretia: Bright red flowers are ideal cut flowers


  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: August and September
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)

    Arching sprays of bold, tomato-red, funnel-shaped flowers appear in August and September among handsome, pleated, mid-green leaves. This vibrant bulbous perennial is perfect for a mixed or herbaceous border in a sunny, sheltered site or as part of a 'hot' colour scheme. For maximum impact plant in bold drifts in a sunny, sheltered site with moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. They make excellenllent cut-flowers.

  • Garden care: Resist removing the faded foliage in autumn and cover the crown of the plant with bracken or bark chips to protect the plant against frost damage. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring, planting the divided sections 8-10cm (3-4in) deep.

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Notes on Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

"Pleated bright-green leaves and warm-red branching trumpets make ‘Lucifer’ an essential tall, early-flowering crocosmia - sets any garden alight"

I would buy this again

5

on arrival, the plants were massive!

maxi

north yorkshire

Yes

Beautifull and very healthy plant

5

I was keen to find this plant, saw it demonstrated on "love your garden". Magnificent colour, excited about it coming back this year as they die off in the winter. It arrived in flower and in wonderful condition.

Jani R

Lincs

Yes

Beautuful

5

very striking plant looks lovely in borders and tubs

Carobeau

West Mudlands

Yes

Reliable vibrant colour

5

Vibrant red crocosmia. No problems with pest or diseases. Can look a bit sparse in first year but formed a clump by the second year. Growing happily despite very poor and stony soil.

Briony

Reading

Yes

Easy, beautiful plant.

5

Easy to maintain. Beautiful flowers.

Cat

Esher

Yes

Beautiful plant

5

Beautiful plant, dramatic and fiery colour, tall but doesn/t need staking. Arrived I excellent condition

MariaS

London

Yes

Lovely vibrant colours

5

Love the vibrant red colour of the flower in late summer that stands out like a warming beacon

gardner2597

wales

Yes

Bright attractive

5

Clumps well

AT

Coastal

Yes

Crocosmia'Lucifer'

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I have two clumps of 'Lucifer' at the back of a mixed West facing border. They've been in there for about five years and every year both clumps flop over the plants in front and hang over the lawn. This doesn't do the other plants or the lawn much good. I thought Lucifer didn't need support, so what could be the problem?

Steamdrivenandy

Hello, Provided the clumps are not too congested - and they get a good amount of sun, then they usually do not need staking, however they can get floppy if they are stretching for the light.

Helen

hi how big is the plant in 2 litre pot? Is it too late to plant it now I want to use it to shade a frog pond from full sun? thanks

lorraine

Hello, It is definitely not too late to plant this now, but how big (high) it will be will be changing on a weekly basis at this time of the year. That's because they die down to below ground level each year, and at this time it is currently growing at a rate of knots!

Helen

Hi purchased this about a month ago . Leaves are yellowing and looking a bit sickly . Red flowers now look like small green berries . Advice would be appreciated. I am a novice gardener .

Novice garedener

Hello, These are starting to fade now, so what you are seeing is pretty typical for the plant. After the flowers die off, the plant produces its seedheads, which initially resemble a row of peas before they ripen. As for the foliage, it will continue to deteriorate throughout the autumn and dieback altogether in winter before re-emerging again in spring.

Helen

I have a clump of crocosmia which has been established for about 4 years. It has only flowered in the last 2 of those years and many of the stems are "blind". Should I remove the corms which have no flowers this year?

Ms D

Hello, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower, but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why they wont. I suspect they may not be getting enough sun, so it may be worth lifting them and moving them to a sunnier spot. You can also often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.

helen

Help with plants for N/East facing garden Hi, I have a little problem choosing some plants....... I really like the look and size of the 'Shady Pink' pre-designed corner planting plan, but our problem is that we have a north east facing garden, so we get no sun at all in the winter, and direct sun for only half a day on either side of the garden during the summer. Would this planting plan be suitable for that level of shade? We are actually are buying plants for the entire garden, so we'd need about 6 new shrubs, and maybe a small tree (we were thinking about the Prunus Amanogawa). Could you please help us with a few shrubs that would do well in these conditions? For perennials, we have been recommended; - Geranium Johnson's Blue, Kniphofia, Crocosmia, and Helleborus foetidus. Are these suitable? Many many thanks! Regards, Josee

Josee Mallet

Hello Josee, It is always difficult to give a definitive answer to the shade issue, but looking at the Shady Pink border, the most shade tolerant plants include Anemone hupehensis Hadspen Abundance, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium and Dryopteris erythrosora. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our shade-loving shrubs http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.11/ and for the shade -loving perennials http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/plcid.2/vid.11/ Of the plants you have listed, the Prunus, Helleborus foetidus, Kniphofia and Crocosmia will be OK as long as there is more sun than shade. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Crocosmia when can I plant? Hello, Can I still plant out Crocosmia - or am I too late to plant in February? If so, can I order from you? Irene

Irene

Hello Irene, It is not too late to plant these, and we still have a few currently available on our site - just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.crocosmia/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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