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‘Lucifer’
‘Lucifer’ Crocosmia Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Flames and glows in the garden!

Midsummer sprays of bright red flowers open from bottom to top on long arching bronze stems, like bursts of flame above gladiolus-like foliage. Lucifer means ‘light-bearing’ in Latin, and in most shops in Holland you can pick up a box of Lucifers—they’re kitchen matches. Grows well in pots. Makes a long-lasting cutflower.

Plant in full sun, 3" deep, 3" apart in moist well-drained soil. 24–36" tall.

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L781A: 10 for $4.00
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L781B: 20 for $7.50
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L781C: 50 for $15.00
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Tender Summer Bulbs

Spring-planted bulbs offer wonderful variety to the cutflower market and are a staple in old-fashioned gardens. Once upon a time, back roads beckoned my mother to spend many a summer Sunday in search of the best deal on roadside dahlias, glads and lilies. Every few miles she would find buckets brimming with blooms for 10¢ a stem. Nowadays it’s more like $1. Spring-planted bulbs are not hardy to northern climes. Smart and thrifty people lift and store them over the winter; the rest of us treat them as annuals.

Overwintering Summer Bulbs
Spring-planted summer-blooming bulbs, corms and tubers will not survive northern winters outdoors. To save them for next year, dig them up in the fall after the foliage dies, gently brush off any soil and debris, and dry them. Store somewhere dark and cool (40–50°) in dry peat or sawdust, then replant in spring. You can also grow them in pots and relocate as the weather dictates.

You may want to try leaving the bulbs in the ground if you’re gardening somewhere warmer than Maine. Zone ratings:
Anemone - Z7.
Crocosmia - Z6.
Gladiolus - Z6; maybe Z5 with heavy snow cover.
Acidanthera - Z7.