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Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Montbretia 'Lucifer')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Other names

Montbretia 'Lucifer'

Genus

Crocosmia Crocosmia

Variety or Cultivar

'Lucifer' _ 'Lucifer' is a cormous perennial forming a narrow clump of upright, sword-shaped, pleated, mid- to bright green leaves and arching, branched stems bearing racemes of funnel-shaped, bright red flowers from late summer into autumn.


Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Red spider mite (box and other) Red spider mite (box and other)

General care

Pruning

Cut back faded or dead foliage.

Propagation

Lift and divide congested clumps in spring.


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Where to grow

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Montbretia 'Lucifer') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Architectural, Banks and Slopes, City, Drying, Gravel, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in 8-10 cm deep in spring in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch in cold areas to protect from frosts.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Other names

Montbretia 'Lucifer'

Genus

Crocosmia Crocosmia

Variety or Cultivar

'Lucifer' _ 'Lucifer' is a cormous perennial forming a narrow clump of upright, sword-shaped, pleated, mid- to bright green leaves and arching, branched stems bearing racemes of funnel-shaped, bright red flowers from late summer into autumn.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Red spider mite (box and other)

General care

Pruning

Cut back faded or dead foliage.

Propagation

Lift and divide congested clumps in spring.


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Montbretia 'Lucifer') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Architectural, Banks and Slopes, City, Drying, Gravel, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in 8-10 cm deep in spring in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch in cold areas to protect from frosts.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Montbretia 'Lucifer')

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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