Blood lily, Scadoxus multiflorus

Scadoxus multiflorus

Blood lily

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does not flower in May

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Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Scadoxus multiflorus
  • Common name: Blood lily
  • Family: Amaryllidaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

Scadoxus multiflorus is a tender bulb native to tropical east and south Africa. It’s grown for its spectacular blood-red inflorescences that give rise to its common name of blood lily.

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These bulbous perennials are easy to grow provided they’re kept frost-free and relatively dry over winter, while dormant. In late spring they can be planted out into sheltered, warm borders to provide bursts of midsummer colour.

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For best results, grow Scadoxus multiflorus in full sun or partial shade in humus-rich, well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot. Lift the bulbs in autumn before frosts arrive, pot them up and store somewhere frost-free, such as a conservatory or greenhouse. They could also be grown in a pot all-year round that can be moved around at will.

How to grow Scadoxus multiflorus

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Scadoxus multiflorus and wildlife

Scadoxus multiflorus has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Scadoxus multiflorus poisonous?

Scadoxus multiflorus is harmful if ingested and causes an upset stomach.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to Livestock

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Scadoxus multiflorus