Jane McGary
Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:13:38 PDT
Crocosmia 'Lucifer' will not flower here in the Pacific Northwest 
until late July at the earliest. It is a good "bridge" food plant for 
the hummingbirds.

I've tried various other crocosmia cultivars here at 1600 feet 
elevation in the Cascade foothills, with usual winter temperatures in 
the mid-teens F, and no others have ever survived.

One thing I noticed about this plant is that when I lifted and 
divided it, I should not have discarded the long stacks of old corms. 
The plants that I replanted without them took much longer to recover 
their flowering strength.

Jane McGary
Northwestern oregon, USA

At 09:28 AM 6/23/2010, you wrote:
>Dear Friends,
>         Speaking of hellish hot weather, Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is
>blazing away in this heat and humidity. Talk about flashy, brazen and
>bold !  Take a look
>         Can anyone suggest other cvs or species that succeed, grow,
>multiply and BLOOM in Zone 5?

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