Dwarf Paintbrush

Scadoxus membranaceus

Blood Lily, Seeroogblom (Afr.), Idumbi (Zulu)

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Scadoxus membranaceus is the smallest of the species in the genus Scadoxus, it grows from a bulb. This species is quite notable for the large spathes that surround the flowers, giving the appearance of a large flower. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow fresh seeds when ripe and red.

Division

Separate offsets in spring.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers, use a sandy potting mix.

Drought resistant

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Port Elizabeth to Kwazulu-Natal

Natural climate

Coastal regions

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Red, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free

Credits

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Scadoxus membranaceus by Nomama Mei, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, October 2018 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)