Chasmanthe floribunda 'Duckittii'
Scientific nameChasmanthe floribunda ''Duckittii' is an attractive deciduous, winter-growing, cormous geophyte with fresh green sword-shaped leaves and spikes of canary yellow long-tubed flowers during winter to early spring.
Propagation is by offsets and seed in trays deep enough to give sufficient room for the growth of the developing rootstock; a 10-cm deep tray is recommended. The medium must be well-drained and should be kept moist but not wet. The trays must be kept in a semi-shaded position for the first season. The young corms can be planted out into the garden at the beginning of their second season, when some of them may flower for the first time.
Chasmanthe requires a well-drained, well-composted soil, and will tolerate summer irrigation during the plants' dormant period, provided the soil is well-drained. The plants must be well-watered during autumn and winter which is their growing-season.
Chasmanthe floribunda increases itself naturally by producing cormlets (small corms / offsets / daughter corms) around the base of the parent corm, which can be removed during the dormant period and replanted in early autumn. If left undisturbed they will grow up around the parent forming cormlets of their own so that in time a single plant can form a dense colony.
The corms should be planted 3-5 cm deep and are best left undisturbed for several years. Corms that have been lifted and replanted will take at least a season to re-establish themselves and often will not flower the season after replanting.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Easy to grow
Suitable for clay soil
Suitable for sandy soil
It provides food for:
Southern double-collared sunbird