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: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.