The bright red flowers of 'Lucifer' Montbretia appear on long arching stems in July. Blooms for an extended time above broad, Gladiolus-like foliage. Excellent cut flower and a hummingbird magnet. The genus name comes from the Greek language and means "saffron smell," which reportedly can be detected when dried flowers are steeped in warm water. Native to South Africa, Crocosmia 'Lucifer' needs good drainage and will naturalize in time. An exotic-looking plant, hard to believe it is hardy in our area, but it certainly is. An Alan Bloom hybrid.