Crocosmia 'Lucifer'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


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Plant details

Crocosmias produce dense clumps of upright iris-like foliage. In midsummer this makes a good background for the small, profuse flowers. 'Lucifer' is an aptly-named variety because its flowers are the hottest coloured of all - a searing paprika red. The individual blooms are not as big as other crocosmias', but small-flowered varieties such as this are the hardiest which makes them a wise choice in cold districts. Grown in a flower border, they provide structure and colour. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocosmia

Cultivar: Lucifer

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: August to September

Reader reviews


..this is a very beautiful/reliable plant that can provide an impressive display, for lottle effort


Crocosmia "Lucifer" is an outstanding plant. The colour is
dazzling. It is the best plant I have in my garden.
Buy it now - you won't be disappointed !


One of my favourites.

flowering rose

A lovely plant if growen in the right spot.It is a tall reedy kind of plant with bright flowers.An easy plant to grow and you can divide up to make more plants easly.


when do i cut crocosmia foliage


Very easy to grow and gives a beautiful display of colour each year.


In answer to the question of when to cut Crocosmia foliage,late Sept or Nov i either pull or cut the foliage off.


Far taller in my ground than the 100cm quoted more like 120 Cm. Bulbs benefit from splitting away from the stack of previous season's growth every 3-4 years. On clay it doesn't spread that fast


Brilliant,reliable Autumn colour. Needs keeping in check. Great for a beginner though.

gillian browne

I have had crocosmia this year and yes they are impressive suc vibrant colours,


Most of my crocosmia lucifer didnt flower this year why is that, thinking did I plant them too deep ? would appreciate some advice please.
I have dug them up in the hope that I can replant them or split them, hopefully to get a better display next year.


Most of my crocosmia lucifer didnt flower this year why why would this be as they are about 1 foot tall thanks GEORGE

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