Introducing, the Crocosmia or as I like to call it the Jurassic Park flower, I think I should be a flower namer… it would be much easier to remember if I was the one to make up names. Alright, this has nothing to do with Jurassic Park; I just think it looks like it should have dinosaurs munching around it. Don’t you? In reality it should be called the Butterfly flower because according to Arnold, “butterflies love it, they love love it!”
Every Monday morning Dana hands me a well though out list of traits and tips for a plant with little dirty finger prints surrounding the edge of her transcribed plant knowledge. She is a new addition to our outdoor plant experts and let me tell you, she is perfect for the job!
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ – Foliage mimics that of a gladiola with upright spike flowers and is mass clumping.
Brilliant Fiery Red Blossoms with touches of orange
3-4 ft tall
Average soil, well drained
Large Flowers with different hues of bold reds and burnt oranges
2-2.5 feet tall
Same foliage , growth habits, soil and blooming times as ‘Lucifer’
Complimentary Companion Plant: Threadleaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis have dainty bold yellow daisy type blossoms, they have fine fern leaf type foliage and make a great cut flower all summer long!
18” tall and wide
Average-poor soil, well drained
The Crocosmia and Coreopsis have a great color combination, both work well as cut flowers and both attract butterflies. If you are planting these two together, space 3 feet apart so that each plant can grow properly.
Crocosmia are a member of the iris family and native to South Africa. These flowers were used in classic Victorian gardens as early as 1880 because of a French plant breeder named Lemoine, famously known for peonies and lilacs. But fear not, these brilliant beauties are making a comeback! Selling for $11.99 per gallon pot.
Acacia and Dana