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Scadoxus multiflorus
Blood Lily / Torch Lily (Tropical)

$30.00 $35.00
This size 10 in stock Product ID: 804878

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 7a

Plant Max Zone: 11b

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Water / Rainfall: Low, Average

Soil Quality: Average, Rich

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Summer

Flower Color: Red

Berry / Fruit Color: Red

Spring Foliage Color: None: Dormant

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Green

Evergreen Foliage: No

Winter Interest: No

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Low

Humidity Tolerance: Low, Medium, High

Wind Tolerance: Medium

Poor Soil Tolerance: No Extreme Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 1' - 2'

Width: 1' - 2'

Growth Rate: Medium

Service Life: N.A.

Maintenance Need: N.A.

Spreading Potential: N.A.

Yearly Trimming Tips: N.A.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: N.A.

Best Side of House: N.A.

Extreme Planting Locations: N.A.

Ornamental Features: N.A.

Special Landscape Uses: N.A.

Possible Pest Problems: N.A.

Plant Limitations: N.A.

Description

Jaw-dropping flowers! African Blood Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus) produces a mass of tiny florets with prominent stamens clustered in one large, orange-red, softball-sized, bottlebrush, round flower. It is so eye-catching it wins a place in many summer gardens. Reminds me of a giant red dandelion seed head! This South African native is 8"-10" tall and provides bright color in the late summer garden. Bold, broad green leaves emerge after the flowering is over. Although it is said to need partial shade, we have this pest resistant, adaptable plant happily blooming in full sun; blooms mid-summer. Winter hardiness: zones 7/8-10. Plant bulb outside as an annual before flowering: planting already flowered bulbs is not recommended unless you dig it up for winter storage. If grown as a potted plant, bring container indoors and either grow them as a houseplant in a lighted area. Foliage will look good for a few months before finally dying back. Eventually allow bulb to go dormant stopping the water and store bulbs dry in the container with soil anywhere between 40-70 degrees F. African Blood Lily will bloom year after year when grown as a potted plant; late to emerge in the spring so don't throw it out! It is possible to overwinter these in the ground in Kansas by placing a giant 12" mound of mulch over deeply planted bulbs. New growth will usually be delayed until late May/early June but quickly regains full height. In our trial gardens in Lawrence, KS (zone 6a), a bulb planted over 8" deep and next to a South-facing brick wall with 6-8" of leaf mulch survived -17 degrees F. During the arctic blast of February, 2021, lows down to -17 degrees F on Feb 16th, 2021 were recorded. The longevity of this cold blast was also impressive: 10 days on a row with highs of 10-15 degrees F or lower, 8 nights of lows in the single digits and negatives, and 36 straight hours of 0 degrees F and mostly lower.

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