Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Montbretia)

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Plant Overview

Probably the best-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 which can go straight into the ground.

Height x Spread: 90cm x 90cm

Common name(s): Montbretia



Photo courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society




All our plants are supplied in 9cm 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. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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