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Scadoxus multiflorus

 
Scadoxus multiflorus
African blood lily; powderpuff lily
Scadoxus multiflorus
Just emerging, mid-May (a week before flowering pictures above)

Synonym(s) Haemanthus multiflorus
Common name African blood lily; powderpuff lily
Family amaryllidaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink-red (summer)
Size 12-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil; not too dry during growing season

Striking bulbous plant native to southern Africa. Big bloomballs composed of many pinkish-red flowers make their appearance in summer. Reportedly does best when rootbound, so perhaps I should rethink my decision to plant it in one of our garden borders. But that's where I'll keep it at least till the end of this season.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: right fence border

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