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Chasmanthe aethiopica

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24th February 2021

A winter flowering relative of Crocosmia from the south coast of the Cape. It isn't tolerant of frost, a simple fact that I have proved to my own complete satisfaction repeatedly. I have struggled to find a place in the greenhouse where it is both protected enough to survive and light enough to flower. This is my first success, more chance and pig-headedness than talent. It may also be the last flower, I have no illusions that I have finally "cracked it".