Chasmanthe floribunda

Chasmanthe floribunda
Chasmanthe floribunda

Common names: cobra lily, chasmanthe (English). 
Botanical name: Chasmanthe floribunda

The cobra lily, Chasmanthe floribunda, is a stunning bulbous plant that produces tall spikes of bright orange flowers in winter and spring. It is native to the coastal regions of South Africa, where it attracts sunbirds and other nectar-feeding birds. The hard, shiny seeds are also dispersed by fruit-eating birds. This plant has been used traditionally for various medicinal and ornamental purposes, such as treating snakebites, making necklaces, and dyeing fabrics. It is easy to grow in Mediterranean climates, as it requires moderate watering in winter and dry conditions in summer. It is ideal for rockeries and mixed borders, where it adds a splash of colour and height.

Uses & Benefits: dye, flower arranging, medicine, wildlife

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Family: Iridaceae
Type: geophyte
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