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Crocosmia is a South African native that is related to gladiolas. They produce bold, exotic blooms in shades of red, orange and yellow on narrow, arching stems. Their sword-like foliage is reminiscent of gladiolas.
About this Variety
Crocosmia Lucifer produces bright red flowers and foliage similar to gladiolus.
- Beneficial to pollinators; attracts hummingbirds
- Returns and blooms year after year
- Exotic, yet elegant stems are prized by florists
- Adds a vertical element to perennial gardens
- Long-lasting cut flower
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Grows 24-36" tall
Plant 4-6" apart, 3-5" deep
Hardy in zones 7-10
Plant Crocosmia outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed. It is best grown in a full sun to partially shaded area. The ideal soil is rich, porous and drains well but still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments like peat moss or ground bark. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of soil amendment if needed and incorporate into the soil to a depth of 10 inches. Plant 3-5" deep and 4-6" apart in groups. When planting a large quantity of corms in one bed, excavate the entire area to the recommended depth, add soil amendments if needed, set out corms and then cover corms all at once. Water thoroughly at planting. While actively growing, water frequently and thoroughly so that water will reach the roots. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Apply fertilizer before and after flowering. In zones 6 and below, corms should be lifted and stored at 50-60ºF to over winter. To avoid soft rot, corms should be dried quickly.
It normally takes Crocosmia a year or two to get settled. Once established, it will get larger each year. For best results, dig up and divide in late summer or early fall when plants appear to be overcrowded.