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Two-colour cobra lily

Chasmanthe bicolor

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Pick flowers in the winter months to create beautiful winter arrangements. Harvest seeds after flower in Spring and store until Autumn.

Propagation

Seed
This species's seed viability varies as this plant grows better by division of the corms.
Division
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.

Special features

Attracts birds
The Two-colored Cobra Lily attracts nectar drinking sunbirds.
Drought resistant
This plant has a dormant period during the summer months and re-emerges in Autumn. Ideal for xeriscaping in a winter rainfall area.
Wet sites
Thrive in wetlands, even when areas go dry in summer.

Geography

Origin
Eastern and Western Cape, South Africa
Natural climate
Winter rainfall areas in Temperate zones.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
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.

Personality

Family
Iridaceae
Flower colour
, Orange, Red, Bicolour
Scent
Mild

Problems

This plant doesn't have many pests or diseases, but it tends to struggle in the wild, as it grows better in cultivation.

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