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Care of the plant Chasmanthe floribunda or Cobra lily

Care of the plant Chasmanthe floribunda or Cobra lily

The genus Chasmanthe, family Iridaceae, includes 3 species of bulbous perennial plants native to South Africa. Some species are: Chasmanthe floribunda, Chasmanthe aethiopica, Chasmanthe bicolor.

Common names: African flag, Cobra lily. This species is native to Cape Province in South Africa.

They are perennial bulbous plants that reach 1.5 meters in height. The long leaves (50 cm in length) are sword-shaped and light green. They produce orange-red tubular flowers on a long spike. They bloom in spring and the resting time is in summer.

They are used to form clumps of bulbous plants of different colors.

Chasmanthe floribunda grows in full sun or semi-shade exposure. They do not resist frost.

They are not picky about the soil if it is very well drained.

Water frequently but with little amount of water (never flood).

Fertilize monthly with mineral fertilizer during winter and early spring.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases but not to excess watering.

They propagate by seeds or by separating the bulblets that the plant itself produces in its corm (bulb).

Image of the plant Chasmanthe floribunda or Cobra lily

Chasmanthe floribunda
Chasmanthe floribunda
Chasmanthe floribunda
Chasmanthe floribunda
 

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