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Paintbrush Lily

Scadoxus puniceus

Also known as

Snake Lily, Rooikwas (Afr.), Umgola, Isisphompho, Royal paint brush

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

30cm

75cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Paintbrush Lily Overview

The paintbrush lily is a popular garden plant grown in the ground or in containers. It is a bulbous plant, dormant in winter and does not like to be disturbed once planted. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

Common problems with Paintbrush Lily

Amaryllis lily borer can cause severe damage to the whole plant, slugs and snails can damage the foliage extensively.

    How to harvest Paintbrush Lily

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Paintbrush Lily

    Seed

    Sow seed when ripe, they must be fresh, it will take 4-5 years before flowering.

    Division

    Separate offsets in spring.

    Special features of Paintbrush Lily

    Pot plant

    Plant in composted, well drained potting mix in a shady position

    Attracts birds

    Birds feed on the berries

    Drought resistant

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Paintbrush Lily

    Grown for its flowers.

    Medicinal