Chasmanthe floribunda is a vigorous bulbous plant that brightens up the winter garden with flashes of orange or yellow. It is described by some as a Crocosmia on steroids. Flat sprays of two- to five-foot tall leaves appear with fall rains, while Crocosmia lies dormant below ground. In mid to late winter, the flower stems emerge. The three-inch long flowers consist of a curved tube ending in six spreading petal lobes, the top one longer than the others. The bottom flowers on a stem open first, resulting in an arrow-shaped inflorescence. The plants die back in mid-spring, before Crocosmia begins to flower.
Pronunciation: chas-MAN-thee flor-ih-BUN-duh
Species Meaning: free-flowering, many flowers
Chasmanthe floribunda is native to South Africa.
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 23 plants – almost full germination.
3/8/21 Moved outside. Remain in nursery pots.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: | Seed ID: S2049
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.