Chasmanthe aethiopica grows to less than three feet tall and is hardy to zone 8. Its bright tubular orange flowers all turn to one side of the flower stem. It is one of the earliest of the Cape bulbs to flower.
The pale green, lance-shaped leaves have a prominent midvein. The stem is inclined with the flowering spike held almost horizontally and the flowers curving outwards in a double row along the upper side. The tepals are unequal in size, the upper largest and spoon-shaped, held horizontally over the stamens, 25-35 mm long, and the lower tepals smaller and spreading, 10-15 mm long; the stamens are held together and gently arched, 40-50 mm long.
Plants grow in coastal bush and along forest margins.
Pronunciation: chas-MAN-thee ee-thee-OH-pik-uh
Species Meaning: derived from Aethiops, an African and son of Vulcan, the Greek God of metalworking and fire
Chasmanthe aethiopica is native to South Africa.
It has a tendency toward weediness and has escaped from cultivation in California. This will have to be watched.
26 seeds sown 9/1/2020 in two pots. One was kept in the greenhouse, the other remained outside. While there are plant labels in the pots and I put a blue tape marker on the pot itself, I failed to record which pot was in the greenhouse and which outside. Must do better next time.
As of 12/11 there were a total of 7 plants. More than that had germinated, but I had an aphid outbreak in the greenhouse and some of them were damaged. You can still some residual damage on some of the stems that made it.
3/8/21 Moved outside but remain in nursery pots.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: | Seed ID: S2047
Found in Pots,
They were in the greenhouse since seed sowing. They were moved outside at the beginning of march 2021
We acquired this plant from Silver Hill Seeds.