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A picture of a Chasmanthe


Chasmanthe floribunda

Also known as

African Corn-Flag, Aunt Eliza, Cobra Lily

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Chasmanthe

Chasmanthe floribunda and var duckittii growing in Kirstenbosch.
Chasmanthe floribunda seeds.
Chasmanthe floribunda, in habitat.
Malachite Sunbird feeding on Chasmanthe floribunda (Peter Steyn).
Chasmanthe floribunda and var duckittii growing in Kirstenbosch.

Chasmanthe Overview

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.

Common problems with Chasmanthe

Vey few pests and diseases affect this plant.

    Chasmanthe Companion Plants


    How to harvest Chasmanthe

    The bright orange fleshy seed capsules can be harvested from spring to summer time.

    How to propagate Chasmanthe


    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.

    Special features of Chasmanthe

    Attracts birds

    Nectar drinking birds love visiting this species.

    Attracts useful insects

    Insects like bees and butterflies are attracted to the nectar in the flowers.

    Drought resistant

    This plant requires very little water and is ​water-wise. Keep as dry as possible during the summer when the plant goes dormant.

    Pot plant

    Great for any sunny spot once planted in any pot larger that 15 cm.

    Wet sites

    Flourish in wetlands with a dry summer area.

    Other uses of Chasmanthe

    Colorful winter flowering bulb for gardens.

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