I Love Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’
Are you looking for a dramatic perennial plant that attracts hummingbirds? Have I got a plant for you!
Crocosmia Lucifer, hummingbird plants, red perennials, heat loving perennials
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I Love Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

I Love Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Name: Crocosmia x Curtonus ‘Lucifer’ aka Crocosmia Lucifer

Type of Plant: A perennial plant that loves a full sun, hot location, and is hardy in zones 5-9.

Why I love this: Bright red flowers on thin stems, blooming from July into August. This plant attracts hummingbirds and is especially attractive when planted in front of dark green or yellow foliage as a background.

A Word to the Wise:  Even though this perennial is listed as hardy in zone 5, it’s not likely to live over the winter even in a zone 6 unless it’s in a warm spot. Plant this Crocosmia next to a stonewall that faces south so that it absorbs the heat of the sun. Place it in a well-drained, sunny spot that’s protected from the wind. Think heat, and bright sun and you’re more likely to have this overwinter outdoors.

The Crocosmia in my friend Helen's garden was attracting the hummingbirds all day when I was in her garden. Of course as soon as I'd raise my camera, they'd zip off. "No photos, please!"

The Crocosmia in my friend Helen’s garden was attracting the hummingbirds all day when I was in her garden. Of course as soon as I’d raise my camera, they’d zip off. “No photos, please!”

The bright red 'Lucifer' flowers are a natural with yellows and purples. In this planting the Liatris is in flower at the same time, making a winning garden combo.

The bright red ‘Lucifer’ flowers are a natural with yellows and purples. In this planting the Liatris is in flower at the same time, making a winning garden combo.

If you can plant Crocosmia 'Lucifer' with a shrub or perennial with yellow foliage, you've got a lovely combination.

If you can plant Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in front of a shrub or perennial with yellow foliage, you’ve got a classic combination. Since the Crocosmia foliage is long and spiky, it also groups well with any plant that has round leaves. Go for foliage color and texture and the flowers are a bonus after that.

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