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Crocosmia 'Lucifer' - Red Crocosmia

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (C. masonorum x C. panniculata)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Red Crocosmia) - The pleated strap-like leaves produced by this South African deciduous corm are held erect to 3-4 feet tall. In mid summer the sprays of large flaming red flowers rise above the foliage. Plant in full sun along the coast and part shade inland. Once established it does not need irrigation. It is hardy to -10F - one of the hardiest and tallest of the Crocosmia hybrids. The parent species of this hybrid, and all other species of Crocosmia, come moist grasslands in South Africa. This hybrid created by British gardener Alan Bloom at his Bressingham Nurseries in 1979, is the result of, depending on one's information source, a complex cross between Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Jackanapes' (itself a hybrid between Crocosmia aurea and C. pottsii) and Crocosmia paniculata (a plant previously known as Curtonus paniculatus) or a more simple hybrid between Crocosmia masoniorum and C. paniculata. The Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora hybrids are often referred to as Montbretia, a name commemorating Antoine Francois Ernest Conquebert de Montbret, a botanist who accompanied Napoleon during his invasion of Egypt in 1798, but this hybrid with added parentage is sometimes put in a group referred to as the "maspans" for their masoniorum and paniculata parentage. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'krokos' meaning "saffron" and 'osme' meaning "smell" from the act of dipping the dry flowers releasing an aromas like saffron. We have grown this great hybrid at San Marcos Growers since 1991.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Crocosmia 'Lucifer'.