Also known as
African Corn-Flag, Aunt Eliza, Cobra Lily
This plant has no fragrance
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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.
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
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.
Other uses of Chasmanthe
Colorful winter flowering bulb for gardens.