Other Names: Blood Lily/Fireball Lily/Blood Flower/Katherine Wheel/Ox Tongue Lily/Poison Root/Powder Puff Lily
Scientific Name: Scadoxus Multiflorus
Native: Sub Saharan Africa
Grown as an ornamental plant for its brilliantly coloured flowers, this lily is suitable for growing either in containers or in the ground. It grows from a rhizomatous bulb that produces a set of tightly wrapped leaves that appears as a stem (pseudostem or false stem). Flowers are produced in an umbel at the top of a leafless stem (scape) that can be as long as 30 inches. The umbel of flowers is more-or-less globe shaped, and blood red in hue, giving this plant good reason for its list of colorful names. Please note: The plant on sale may or may not be in bloom at the time of sale, but will bloom in time.
**Sold in a small standing 0.7 liter/4" plastic container.
***All our plants are organically grown without the use of any chemical fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides.
GROWING: Re-pot in a larger container or grow in-ground to increase root and foliage growth. Grow separately as this plant is quite demanding of soil/water resources. Trim off old, drying leaves from time to time and add this as shredded foliage around your plant to increase humus and soil health.
LIGHT: If growing indoors, place in a bright spot with exposure to ambient light for at least six hours daily. If growing outdoors, place in full shade or semi-shade as exposure to strong direct sunlight will burn the leaves of this plant.
WATERING: Daily, throughout the year. Do not allow soil to dry out completely between watering events. If growing indoors, ensure that drip trays are emptied regularly.
FERTILIZING: Our plants are sold in organically enriched, NPK+MagSulf strong, potting mixes that would need no additional soil amendments for at least one year. If re-potting/migrating to a larger container, we recommend the use of Mandy's Farm Foliage Plant Potting Mix or one similar to it.