African Corn-Flag, Aunt Eliza, Cobra Lily
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Chasmante is part of the Iris family. C. floribunda and C. aethopica was split into seperate lines in 1812 with C. floribunda slightly larger. This easy growing corms have abundant leaves and warm orange flowers appearing above the long iris-like leaves. It naturally grows on forest margins in clay soils along the South African coast. They work great when planted under a deciduous tree as they seem to come alive when the deciduous trees go dormant.
The bright orange fleshy seed capsules can be harvested from spring to summer time.
Sow seeds directly in Autumn when they are ripe, 3 mm deep and 10-30 cm apart. keep moist.
Divide the bulb offsets during dormancy period and plant them at a depth of 5 cm and space them 10 cm apart.
Nectar drinking birds love visiting this species.
Attracts useful insects
Insects like bees and butterflies are attracted to the nectar in the flowers.
This plant requires very little water and is water-wise. Keep as dry as possible during the summer when the plant goes dormant.
Great for any sunny spot once planted in any pot larger that 15 cm.
Flourish in wetlands with a dry summer area.
South Africa, Western Cape along the southern coast to the Eastern Cape.
Winter rainfall regions (Mediterranean)
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Colorful winter flowering bulb for gardens.
Yellow, Orange, Red
Vey few pests and diseases affect this plant.