Crocosmia Lucifer has strong sword like green foliage and arching stems of vibrant orange to red funnel like flowers. It will form a clump which can be divided after a number of years. This plant is ideal for the back of a border, plant in drifts for maximum impact. Does not require stalking.
Height and spread: 100-110cm high, 50-60cm spread
Common name: montbretia
Position in the garden: full sun or partial shade
Soil type: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Flowering period: July and August
Hardiness: frost hardy corms
Care of Crocosmia Lucifer
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.
Crocosmia attract both hoverflies and bumble bees. If possible, resist the urge to tidy up straggly or faded leaves in the autumn as a number of insects use these for shelter over winter, and the old leaves also help protect emerging shoots from spring frosts.