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Scadoxus multiflorus (African Blood Lily)

African Blood Lily, Bloodflower, Fireball Lily, Powderpuff Lily, Katherine Blood Lily, Haemanthus katherinae

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Scadoxus multiflorus, African Blood Lily, Bloodflower, Fireball Lily, Powderpuff Lily, Katherine Blood Lily, Haemanthus katherinae, Red flowers, Red Lilies
Scadoxus multiflorus, African Blood Lily, Bloodflower, Fireball Lily, Powderpuff Lily, Katherine Blood Lily, Haemanthus katherinae, Red flowers, Red Lilies
Scadoxus multiflorus, African Blood Lily, Bloodflower, Fireball Lily, Powderpuff Lily, Katherine Blood Lily, Haemanthus katherinae, Red flowers, Red Lilies

Scadoxus multiflorus (African Blood Lily) is a tender bulbous perennial with 6-7 wavy-margined, lance-shaped, bright green leaves, 12-15 in. long (30-37 cm). In early to mid summer, each bulb produces a stout stem bearing a spectacular, huge, spherical umbel, up to 10 in. across (25 cm), packed with up to 200 tiny, spidery blood-red florets with yellow-tipped stamens. The blossoms last for 1 or 2 weeks and make superb cut flowers. They are sometimes followed by small orange berries that can remain on the plant for up to 2 months. The foliage remains attractive during the growing season. Considered a cultivated ornamental bulb, African Blood Lily is native to tropical east and south Africa. This is a handsome subject for a large container and it is recommended as an indoor plant.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Water freely when in active growth and gradually withhold water as the leaves fade for the winter.
  • Makes a fantastic accent plant in patio containers. African Blood Lily is also grown as a houseplant.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Sow seed at 66-75ºF (19-24ºC) as soon as ripe. Offsets can be separated and planted up individually in the spring.
  • African Blood Lily performs best when root-bound and generally dislikes root disturbance.
  • The bulb is toxic if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling.
  • Native to South Africa.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Common names Bloodflower
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Patio And Containers
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 12
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Amaryllidaceae
Common names Bloodflower
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Patio And Containers
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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