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.
Handsome foliage is reasonenough to grow this South Africannative. Each bulb producesa fountainlike ro...
South African relatives of spider lily (Lycoris), which they closely resemble. Most have stra...
Makes a clump of sword-shaped leaves to 1 ft. high and wide. Blooms over a long period in late spring;...