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Chasmanthe

Chasmanthe floribunda

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Winter

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.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Western Cape along the southern coast to the Eastern Cape.
Natural climate
Winter rainfall regions (Mediterranean)

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
Colorful winter flowering bulb for gardens.

Personality

Family
Iridaceae
Flower colour
Bright orange-red and yellow.
Scent
None

Problems

Vey few pests and diseases affect this plant.

Companion plants

Agapanthus

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