Paintbrush Lily

Scadoxus puniceus

Snake Lily, Rooikwas (Afr.), Umgola, Isisphompho

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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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

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

Division

Separate offsets in spring.

Special features

Pot plant

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

Attracts birds

Birds feed on the berries

Drought resistant

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, northern provinces, Free State, KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, to Tropical Africa

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Red, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

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

Credits

profile iconScadoxus puniceus
by Sharon Turner, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, September 2001 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)