These South African natives send up their 2-ft. irislike fans of bright green leaves shortly after the first rains of autumn. Narrow, 3–3 1/2-ft.-high spikes of bright orange-red flowers follow in late winter or early spring, putting on a striking early show. Plants are fairly hardy, but late frosts may damage flower buds.
In fall, plant corms 4 in. deep and 8–12 in. apart in well-drained soil. Corms multiply rapidly; dig and divide every 2 to 3 years. These plants spread easily; great for naturalizing. They are roadside weeds in some areas. During summer dormancy, plants don’t need (but tolerate some) irrigation.Chasmanthe floribunda
Unbranched and once-branched spikes bear blossoms along both sides; each spike carries 12–28 flowers. C. f. duckittii has yellow flowers.
The handsome foliage is reason enough to grow this South African native. Each bulb produces a fountain...
South African relatives of spider lily (Lycoris), which they closely resemb...
Grows to 6 in. to 1 ft. high and 6 ft. wide, with blue-green foliage. Sparse production of reddish yel...