Crocosmia plague

Edward McCaleb via pbs
Sun, 26 Aug 2018 10:59:19 PDT
I used to grow common crocosmia easily.  It became so invasive I had to pull it out in wheelbarrow loads.  In the last few years, a virus (?) seems to have infected the plants such that most plants seem to die before mid summer. 
Have also noticed that a few of the hybrid varieties- like “Lucifer”- are no longer sold in catalogs (or elsewhere). Wondering if this is due to their susceptibility to this plague- whatever it is- or are there other reasons?
Is there any protection- either cultural or chemical- from this recent scourge?
Edward (se NC- 8b)
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