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30/06/2014 at 20:24

I do a lot of other peoples garden visiting as part of the National Garden Scheme and always note how late their Crocosmia Lucifer is at flowering, when mine have been finished for weeks.  This year, end of June and they are already halfway thru' flowering so by August (which is the time I see them in flower elsewhere), they'll be over and already the leaves starting to turn brown.  Are my Crocosmia Lucifer unique?  I live in Surrey, so not particularly tropical.  Even on some of the best known garden supplier websites, they say the flowering period is August/September.  This isn't just a one off fluke for this year - always happens, which frustrates me as I really miss the colour later in the season.  Any ideas?

30/06/2014 at 20:49

Mines are just beginning to show some red now. I think they will be in full glory in a couple of weeks! Im in Yorkshire.



30/06/2014 at 20:55

Are you sure it's Lucifer? 

30/06/2014 at 21:00

There's no flower stems on mine yet, but I'm up near Sunderland and I think it flowered in Aug last year like you said. I saw another red one while searching online the other day that supposedly flowers after Lucifer- I'll see if I can find the name of that again in case that is any good to you...

30/06/2014 at 21:10

Crocosmia here in the South West are just showing ........

30/06/2014 at 21:17

No flowers on mine yet.  In Norfolk.

30/06/2014 at 21:20

Broadleigh says June to August

Mine rarely flowered at all so I dumped it

30/06/2014 at 21:38
I live in Dorset and have several of these wonderful plants - but the same thing happens every year. They are starting to flower at the end of June. So yes, they look lovely now, but won't in August. I'd like to know why too!
30/06/2014 at 21:42

Cotswold garden flowers website also says the flowering period is Jun-Aug...

30/06/2014 at 22:13

Just beginning to show red in Midlands

30/06/2014 at 22:24

No flowers in Wales yet.

30/06/2014 at 22:38

This is mine, pic taken last week  I'm in Essex btw!

01/07/2014 at 09:53

Panda it looks lovely!

01/07/2014 at 10:11

That does look amazing Panda

I'm jealous of all you southerners with your flowering plants! I had a rummage through my orange beast crocosmia (not its proper name) and that has no flower spikes yet either...

01/07/2014 at 10:42

No flowers on mine yet but I can see the buds. I am in West Devon.

01/07/2014 at 11:48

New plant this year, no flowering spikes as yet.  Planted bulbs as well only just showing a spike through the ground. I am in suffolk.


01/07/2014 at 13:16

Lucifer is now flowerimg.  It does finish mid summer though.  However, I cut off flowered stems to leave just fresh green sword shaped leaves....perfect as a foil for other plants so not really a problem as by then so much is in flower anyway.

Not particularly long flowering but worth it for sheer colour.  Down here crocosmias are a bit thuggish so need dividing away?  Been tempted by the newer varieties, ESP those like zambesi, Limpopo, etc.


01/07/2014 at 15:35

Mine never die down unless I dig them out they are there right through the winter. As verdun says, make a lovely bit of colour.

01/07/2014 at 21:27

Mine are just showing red now, the three clumps are huge...even coming up through the adjacent gravel. When should I divide them? Any warnings about this?

01/07/2014 at 21:46

Just remembered, mine are Emily Mckenzie

Can someone lend me a brain cell?

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