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Cobra Lily

Chasmanthe floribunda

Also known as

Chasmanthe, Suurkanol, Piempiempie, Kapelpypie, Suurpypie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

9a-10b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

40cm

50cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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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. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems

Vey few pests and diseases affect this plant.

    Companion plants

    Agapanthus

    Harvesting

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

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sow seeds directly in Autumn when they are ripe, 3 mm deep and 10-30 cm apart. keep moist.

    Division

    Divide the bulb offsets during dormancy period and plant them at a depth of 5 cm and space them 10 cm apart.

    Special Features

    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.

    Uses

    Colorful winter flowering bulb for gardens.

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