Scientific nameThis attractive species is one of the earliest of the Cape bulbs to flower, its spikes of orange, tubular flowers providing welcome interest to the winter garden.
Chasmanthe aethiopica thrives in relatively fertile, freely draining soil and will soon spread naturally through division of the corms in favourable situations.
Plants are winter-growing and must be kept dry during their summer dormancy.
In well-drained soil they will survive some moisture during this period but should not be allowed to remain too wet.
The ease with which the species multiplies means that is must be repotted frequently if not grown in the garden.
It flowers best in sunny or partially sunny situations and is a lovely species for underplanting beneath deciduous trees, where it can be left to run free.
Plants should be left undisturbed for optimum flowering.
Potted plants benefit from light fertilizing in the growing period.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
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We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.