Scadoxus multiflorus

Blood lily

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (22890)

Plant details

An unusual summer-flowering bulb Scadoxus produces large spherical flower heads made up of lots of tiny starry blooms. These are fiery red with gold anthers. It used to be known as haemanthus, which translates from the greek words haima or blood and anthos or flower, this also explain its common name of blood flower, a description probably resulting from the colour of its blooms. It is a rhizomatous perennial that produces several leaves that join together at the base to form a fleshy stem which holds the flowers later in the year. It likes shady conditions but is not frost hardy so is best grown in large pots and moved outside during the summer months.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Scadoxus

Species: multiflorus

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 70cm

Spread: 110cm

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