crocosmia x 'lucifer' (monbretia)

Size: 1 gallon
  • robust, bright red flowers on arching stems
  • unique buds look like a snake's head as they emerge
  • clumping, mid-green, sword-like foliage resembles the traditional gladiola
  • bloom time: summer
  • zone 5
  • height 90-100cm
  • spread 50-60cm
  • colour red
  • grow in average to moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • full sun to partial shade
  • divide in early spring, if clump is too thick, to promote better blooming
  • in zone 5, it is best to plant no later than early summer, to ensure an established root system going into the winter
  • adding a thick layer of mulch may be necessary for winter protection
  • may not be reliable in zone 5, so consider digging up the bulbs and storing them in dry, medium cool place over the winter
  • spider mites may be troublesome
  • full sun, partial sun/shade
  • attracts hummingbirds
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)