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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 (Z8-11)
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.

African blood lily; powderpuff lily
The flowers unfurl quickly – this was 5 days after the "just emerging" photo and 2 days before the flowerhead fully unfurled
Scadoxus multiflorus
The flower only lasts in its full glory for a week or so; as it fades, leaves push up to takes its place
African blood lily; powderpuff lily
Just a few seed capsules developing, probably because I have just one plant, no cross-pollination
Scadoxus multiflorus
Following year, just one orange berry
African blood lily; powderpuff lily
Second year, first sign of life in early May
Scadoxus multiflorus
Both shoots developing in late May, with only the original one developing a flower
African blood lily; powderpuff lily
A new shoot coming up some distance from the mama plant
Scadoxus multiflorus
Topples over in ugly fashion in December
African blood lily; powderpuff lily
Oh no! The body snatchers are invading again!

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: rock garden zone

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