Scadoxus multiflorus (Martyn) Raf.
Blood Lily, Blood Flower, African Blood Lily, Fireball, Fireball Lily, Football Lily, Ball Lily, Low Lily, Monsoon Lily, Katherine-wheel, Oxtongue Lily, Poison Root, Pincushion Flower, Powderpuff Lily
Amaryllis multiflora, Haemanthus multiflorus, Haemanthus tenuiflorus, Nerissa multiflorus
Scadoxus multiflorus is a popular geophyte that grows from a rhizomatous bulb. The spectacular flower head is a huge spherical umbel consisting of up to 100 flowers held clear of the foliage at the end of a solitary stem. Each plant will produce 6 to 7 leaves and one flower head per season. The leaves are semi-succulent, bright green, and up to 15 inches (37.5 cm) long. The leaves and flowers may appear together, or the leaves may be produced later.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Blood Lily is very easy to maintain and doesn't require much attention. Just make sure not to put it in extremely hot temperatures or direct contact with the summer sun, and your Blood Lily should be fine. An environment that provides partial shade will be perfect.
This plant loves the summer temperature, so put it out in the upper 60 °F (16 °C) or higher if possible. Understandably, these plants cannot tolerate and survive frost in winter-like conditions.
Put your Blood Lily in a pot with a good mixture of sand and rich potting soil. Since they are very hardy, regular repotting isn't necessary unless in emergencies.
It blooms in the late summer or fall and seemingly lies dormant during the other times of the year. Inspect the leaves now and then and remove withered ones to keep them looking lovely.
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