Red Flowered Bulbs--TOW - Crocosmia

David Fenwick
Thu, 17 Jun 2004 16:03:16 PDT
Hi Jim,
>>>>>Years ago I had Crocosmia His Majesty (and I have photos of it) but my
stock was odd in that it produced flowers with varying numbers of perianth

Just a note to say that there are a few inferior forms circulating as His
Majesty, but I've not noticed this on the corms I have here, which are true
to type. I do have one double Crocosmia though, and three or forms have
exsisted in the past and there are also forms which have been bred which one
could call semi-double.

>>>>>Does the name 'Lucifer' properly belong to a clone or to a group of
similar seedlings?

This is a lot easier to answer and the simple answer is that most plants are
indeed seed raised commercially, and it comes relatively true from seed. A
number of distinct variants have been named, eg. in the US there's one
called 'Fuego' and here I've named one 'Devil's Advocate' and there's also a
'Late Lucifer' which is similar but flowers much later.

The original plant was actually bred as far back as 1966 by Alan Bloom; and
of course I cherish the original stock I have here as there's not much of it
about, and which of course originates from The Dell Garden at Bressingham.

Best Wishes,

The African Garden
NCCPG National Plant Reference Collections of
Crocosmia with Chasmanthe, Tulbaghia and Amaryllis
96 Wasdale Gardens,
Estover, Plymouth, Devon. England.
Tel:  44 (0)1752 301402

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