Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is one of those iconic plants much sought by garden designers.
Because the neat clump of handsome, pleated, sword shaped foliage contributes architectural form to the garden.
And no self respecting designer can resist the vivid pop of colour from the clear, paprika red, mass of flowers in late summer and autumn.
Darling of the garden designers
The vivid blooms of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ come just at the right time to liven a garden design.
As they flower freshly, when most flowers have given up the ghost in the heat.
And bless their brave hearts, Crocosmias can also shrug off heat and summer humidity.
Crocosmias are cousins to Gladiolus, but finer. So like their kin – they give excellent cut flowers.
Growing: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’
– Height with flowers: Blooms on 60cm. arching stems, with long arrow shaped heads of flowers.
– Width: Forms a dense clump of handsome, pleated, sword shaped leaves to a diameter of 60cm. approx.
Tough as old boots
– Position: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ will make a go of it against almost any adversity.
So it thrives in Sun or Shade, acid or lime pH, sand or clay soils.
And will even keep blooming in Dry Shade.
In fact Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is almost indestructible. Though the only thing it deeply resents is being waterlogged.
Crocosmia are ideal for coastal and windswept gardens, and they are resistant to a degree of salt in either wind or water.
– Soil: Grows in anything. So content in soils from sandy, gravel, rocky and average garden loam soils all the way to clay. And is happy in either acid or alkaline (lime) soil pH.
Easy low care
– Water-wise: Crocosmias are tough, so they can survive on minimal water. And they persist well in periods of dry between drinks. But on the other hand they can also make a go of it in heavy soils, as long as they are not waterlogged.
– Frost: Crocosmias are extremely frost hardy, and so can survive even hard frosts down to -20C.
– Growth: Crocosmias have a bulbous root structure, and this helps them to survive all manner of troubles.
No trouble to have in the garden
Beneficial for wildlife: Both our native Honeyeater birds, and our bees, cannot leave the sprays of trumpet flowers alone. Because they are so rich in both nectar and pollen.
And if you leave the seed pods on after flowering, then the seed eating birds will clean them off for you.
– Care: Ssshhhh – but Crocosmia thrive on neglect, and they are rarely if ever daunted by anything.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Yes. Both rabbits and deer do not take to the tough, leathery pleated swords of foliage. While nothing is immune during a famine, Crocosmias are way down the menu list for nibbling pests.
– Origin: Native bulb of South Africa