Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Montbretia)

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Plant Details

Probably the most well-known Crocosmia, having been bred by Alan Bloom in the 1960's. Bright red flowers from July until the end of summer above bright green pleated foliage. 

Forms a large clump and will self seed, so remove the seed heads in late summer/early autumn if you do not want this.

Crocosmia first came from South Africa in 1846 and quickly became very popular cottage garden plants. Subsequently a number of hybrids were bred, in various shades and habits. All are quite hardy but dislike sitting in water in winter so consider this when deciding where to plant them. 

The name Montbretia celebrates Antoine Francois Ernest Conquebert de Monbret, who was a botanist who accompanied Napoleon on his Egyptian campaign 1798-1801. 

A lot of nurseries sell this plant as dry bulbs, but here you are buying a potted plant.

Height x Spread: 90cm x 90cm

Common name(s): Montbretia


Photo courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society




All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.