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Crocosmia Lucifer

 

Regular Price: $15.98

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This famous hummingbird favorite has crescent-shaped sprays of fire-engine-red blooms and attractive, sword-shaped foliage. (Crocosmia crocosmiiflora)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 30-36" tall
Bulb Spacing6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Bag of 10 - Bulb Size: 10-12 cm
SKU ABULB10

Plant Information

Here's one of the brightest bulb flowers of them all, a famous Alan Bloom hybrid of a South African species. Mass them in your border, and you'll have a brilliant show of bright red in no time. Crocosmias are wildflowers in South Africa, and there are many species. This hybrid is famous for fiery red color. (Montbretias are actually the result of crossing two Crocosmias.)

As a general rule, remember when planting South African bulbs, that these flowers are used to hot sun and gritty, fast-draining soil.'

SKU ABULB10
Common Name Montbretia
Botanical Name Crocosmia crocosmiiflora
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Bulb Size 10-12 cm
Bulb Spacing 6 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 3-5" deep
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Cut Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Now shipping all orders within 5 business days.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsCrocosmia Lucifer
 
2.8

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5), Getting started (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Hot Summer Color!

I combined these with red cardinal flower lobelias and it was a stunning combination.

I combined these with red cardinal flower lobelias and it was a stunning combination.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Two strikes and out

For two years in a row I've ordered and received crocosmia "lucifer" corms from American Meadows. I've followed planting directions closely. Last year I ordered 5 and this year I ordered...Read complete review

For two years in a row I've ordered and received crocosmia "lucifer" corms from American Meadows. I've followed planting directions closely. Last year I ordered 5 and this year I ordered two packs, or 10 corm altogether. NOT A SINGLE ONE HAS EVEN COME UP. Last year when none of the 5 came up I ordered some from a seller in Holland. 4 of 5 came up, but the planting date was too late by then, and they only got about 10 inches high, and then did not survive the winter. I'll not order again from American Meadows.

Reviewed by 22 customers

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5.0

Great!

By 

from Seattle

About Me Getting Started

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

      These all came up fantastically. I'm in the PNW, planted in March- they came up at the end of April. No blooms, but this is the first year. I'll bet they bloom amazingly next year!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Corms were dead

      By 

      from Houston Texas

      About Me Avid Gardener

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • The corms never sprouted

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

        The corms never sprouted - wasted my money

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Inappropriate for my location

        By 

        from Gilbert, AZ

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

          I have bought a number plants from you and they are nice healthy plants, and if I were still living in Seattle they would have thrived, but living in the Phoenix area as I do now, these plants are inappropriate for this type of climate, and the ones that do grow here should be sent out much earlier than late spring. February would be more appropriate for this part of the country.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Didn't flower

          By 

          from West Hurley, NY

          About Me Getting Started

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions

          Cons

          • Didn't Flower

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

            None of the Crocosmia flowered. Disapointing

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Duds

            By 

            from westminster, md

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • They Fail No Pros

            Cons

            • Never Had A Flower

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

            These flowers only had the green bladed leaves, not a single flower. They failed me. I also had given a friend some bulbs and she didn't have any flowers either. Very disappointed. Probably will not purchase from American Meadows again.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            did i plant any of these?

            By 

            from show low,az

            About Me Getting Started

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Patio
                • Pool Area

                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                i had to go back and loof to se if i really planted any of these cause none came up at least not this year.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                4 plants up out of 45 bulbs

                By 

                from dallas pa

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                out of 45 bulbs total of 4 plants grew and only 1 had a flower on it. I did however get big red lilly where I planted

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful late season plant

                By 

                from MA

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Brilliant red

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Where You Can Enjoy Them

                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                I have always wanted to buy this plant but never did. I finally bought them and am very impressed.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                I was so looking foward to the beautiful

                By 

                from Midland, MI

                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                I was just very disappointed that of the 10 bulbs only one grew and that one, not very well. I guess I would like to try them again.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                One of the Prettiest Perennials

                By 

                from Pepperell, MA

                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                I've grown this Crocosmia in my garden for several years and love it. I wanted to add them to another garden in the yard and really loved how these turned out the first year.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                little known show off!

                By 

                from Lafayette, TN

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Big Show
                • Easy to Grow

                Cons

                • None i know of

                Best Uses

                • Tall Show Off

                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                I wish I had more of them!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                do not buy

                By 

                from Seattle, WA.

                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                I purchased these on a sale of buy 10 get 10 free. None came up. They were "replaced" in that since I only paid for 10, 10 would be replaced. Even though I had 20 originally. Then only two came up and were the wrong colour. NOT LUCIFER RED, but an orange, like the regular ones you always see. Then, this year, NONE came up. They are all gone. This is an easy corm to grow in my area. They are common and most yards have them, so I found it very odd that they did not come back. I was hoping at least one of them would actually be the Lucifer RED. We will never know. I am out my money AND my plants.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                don't waste your money!!!

                By 

                from Seattle, WA.

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • All Did Not Bloom
                  • Did not come back
                  • Wrong colour

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                    Only two of the corms bloomed. They were not the Lucifer RED. They were a darker orange than the regular Crocosmias. The worst part is that they did not come back this year. Crocosmias are sooo easy to grow here. I was shocked that they did not come back. VERY disappointing. This is not the first let down from this company. Not sure about future purchases.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Never comes up!

                    By 

                    from Hazel Green, AL

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                    I purchased 20 of these bulbs last year and none of them came up. I got replacements, thank you American Meadows, and put them in this Spring. ONLY TWO out of 20 came up! I have grown these in California with great success, but would not recommend them to anyone living in the South!

                    I am deeply disappointed.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    This looks beautiful, but I never saw it

                    By 

                    from North Braddock, PA

                    Pros

                    • Perennial

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                        I was really excited about this plant, its size, its flowers, the fact that it is perennial in my climate. But the planting instructions insisted on a pretty deep planting, which I observed. When none of the bulbs came up a month later, I dug down and found a couple and replanted them closer to the surface. A couple finally came up, but have yet to flower. They probably missed the right season. I would like to try them again, I will just plant using my own judgement.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Color and Growth

                        By 

                        from West Des Moines IA

                        Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                        Used for groups along a rail fence. Plants grew fast, numerous branching, really looked vigorous and healthy.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Hot Summer Color!

                        By 

                        from Upper Saddle River, NJ

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Grow

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Massing in garden beds

                          Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                          I combined these with red cardinal flower lobelias and it was a stunning combination.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          All of mine came to the party

                          By 

                          from Virginia

                          Pros

                          • Surprisingly easy to grow

                          Cons

                          • None insofar

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                            I have read the negative comments and did not have this experience. I ordered 8 packs and all happily grew for me. I kept the soil moist in an area the is mostly sunny. Have yet to bloom.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Did not come up; would not buy again

                            By 

                            from Saco, ME

                            Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                            in a sun garden, did not come up

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great bulbs [...]

                            By 

                            from West Des Moines IA

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Color

                              Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                              For color emphasis [...]

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Two strikes and out

                              By 

                              from Cottonwood, AZ

                              About Me Getting Started

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                              For two years in a row I've ordered and received crocosmia "lucifer" corms from American Meadows. I've followed planting directions closely. Last year I ordered 5 and this year I ordered two packs, or 10 corm altogether. NOT A SINGLE ONE HAS EVEN COME UP. Last year when none of the 5 came up I ordered some from a seller in Holland. 4 of 5 came up, but the planting date was too late by then, and they only got about 10 inches high, and then did not survive the winter. I'll not order again from American Meadows.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Crocosmia Lucifer

                              By 

                              from Bainbridge, NY

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive
                              • Looked great in planter a

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Patio

                                Comments about American Meadows Crocosmia Lucifer:

                                used in container planter and had color from mid summer to frost; easily lifted bulbs and stored for repeat use

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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