Two-Colour Cobra Lily
Red-And-Green Cobra Lily, Two-Colour Chasmanthe
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This species is a winter growing ornamental, and as the name suggests, can be identified from other Chasmanthe varieties by its two coloured flowers. Once it's planted in the backdrop of any garden, it tends to accentuate other smaller species in front of it. When it is planted, it prefers not to be disturbed for several years.
Pick flowers in the winter months to create beautiful winter arrangements. Harvest seeds after flower in Spring and store until Autumn.
This species's seed viability varies as this plant grows better by division of the corms.
Breaking up of the corms during the dormant period is the ideal time. Although it will continue to bloom for years without division, dividing clumps every three to four years will increase flowers.
The Two-colored Cobra Lily attracts nectar drinking sunbirds.
This plant has a dormant period during the summer months and re-emerges in Autumn. Ideal for xeriscaping in a winter rainfall area.
Thrive in wetlands, even when areas go dry in summer.
Eastern and Western Cape, South Africa
Winter rainfall areas in Temperate zones.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
This plant can be used to bring much needed colour to those difficult semi-shaded areas in the garden. It can also be used as a container plant.
Red, Yellow, Green, Multicoloured, Orange
This plant doesn't have many pests or diseases, but it tends to struggle in the wild, as it grows better in cultivation.
by Bernard Martin Brown, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, April 2008. Updated by Alice Notten July 2011 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)