Weigela florida 'Lucifer' (tm) aka 'Courtared'
This variety of Old Fashioned Weigela was specially developed for its nice reddish colored flowers - Lucifer blooms are just a bit larger than typical Weigela blooms also, often up to 1 3/4" in length. Blooms have the classic trumpet shape of all Weigela cultivars, with the color fading to a heavy dark pink inside the throat of each bloom. Foliage is very dense, very dark green, and also slightly larger than most typical Weigela varieties.
Good growth rate, and excellent hardiness also make this variety very desirable for many landscape applications. Compact growth habit which requires less trimming & maintenance than many Weigela varieties. Makes a great mid sized selection to just about any perennial flower garden, great as a foundation planting, and stunning when mass planted. Blooming period can be prolonged by removal of old, expired flower heads.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height: 3 - 5 ft
--Mature Width: 3 - 5 ft.
--Growth rate: Moderate ( 8" - 10" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
--Soil Preference: Average to slightly sandy - very adaptable. Soil must be well drained though. Mulch well in fall & winter.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Nice large dark green foliage - larger than most Weigela varieties. Heavy, somewhat leathery leaf texture. Fall color is green with tinges of purple.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Flower blooms are trumpet shaped, rather large when compared to typical Weigela varieties ( 1 3/4" in length or more ). Color is very bright red with a heavy dark pink throat. Occasionally will produce seed capsules containing mainly unwinged seeds.
--Diseases / Insects: No serious diseases or pests have been reported.
--Fertilization / Feeding: Either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone is excellent ). Other granular types with 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio is acceptable. Feeding is recommended anytime that the plant is not in dormancy - especially throughout the spring & early summer. Be careful feeding in the heat of mid summer though, as risk of fertilizer burn is greatest at that time. Occasional feedings can even be applied right up through fall.