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Green sword-like foliage and showy flowers in summer.
Crocosmia x 'Lucifer'
Common Name 1
Crocosmia is a genus of about 7 species of cormous plants from grasslands in South Africa. 'Lucifer' is an Alan Bloom hybrid (Crocosmia x Curtonus) which has flowers and foliage that are similar to gladiolus.
Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Common Name 2
Common Name 3
Western state native:
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Plant Maintenance Information
Landscape Application Information
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Grow in medium moisture, moderately fertile, well-drained soil
Protect roots with a thick layer of mulch.
Narrow, sword-shaped, basal leaves
Predominant flower color:
Tubular, nodding, scarlet red, one-sided flowers borne along the upper portions of stiffly arching, sometimes branched, flower scapes (stems)
Fall Color Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Used by Wildlife:
Plant corms in spring after last frost date approximately 3-4" deep and 6" apart. Remove old foliage before new growth appears in early spring.
Remove bloom stalks after flowers fade.
Not reliably winter hardy in USDA Zone 5 where it needs a protected location and winter mulch. In order to insure winter survival in USDA Zone 5 and perhaps Zone 6A, digging up the corms in fall and storing them in a dry medium over winter (in somewhat th
Long Term Care:
Divide every 3 to 4 years in early spring.
Spider mites can cause significant damage to the foliage, and, if left unchecked, can impair normal flowering.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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