African Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus) in the Blood Lilies Database

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Botanical names:
Scadoxus multiflorus Accepted
Amaryllis multiflora Synonym
Haemanthus multiflorus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Leaves: Other: Winter dormant
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: Surface sow.
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Harvest berry when red (ripe) and drops at a touch. Remove seed(s) and clean. Relatively short seed viability period. Keep medium moist, not dry or soaking wet, while bulblet is produced. Leaves appear in a few months.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 29, 2012 4:00 AM

Found in tropical Arabia and Africa to Nambia and East Cape. A Z 10 inhabitant. Good summer pot plant in the Midwest, overwintered dry in basement. Flower better when somewhat crowded; resist disturbance (repot only when neccesary). When placing into a container, leave bulb's neck above soil line.
Very exotic. Giant flower heads.

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