Scadoxus

Scadoxus multiflorus

Catherine Wheel, Blood Flower, Poison Root, Fireball Lily , Bloedblom, Gifwortel (Afr.)

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Scadoxus multiflorus (formerly Haemanthus multiflorus), is grown as an ornamental plant for its brilliantly coloured flowers, either in containers or in the ground in where the climate is suitable. In nature it occurs in lowland to mountain forest, secondary forest, forest margins, savannah woodland, open grassland and is very common in the shade of trees at river banks.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed as soon as ripe and mature.

Division

Separate offsets in spring.

Special features

Pot plant

Plant in well draining potting mix, but keep the mix moist.

Special features

Origin

Africa, most of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Somalia to South Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the Seychelles.

Natural climate

Tropical, Sub-tropical

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Ornamental

Grown for the showy flowers.

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Red

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free.

Companion plants

Plant under trees with other small shade loving plants.
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