Scadoxus puniceus

FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.5m x 0.3m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

A robust, deciduous perennial which bears a fluffy, scarlet, brush-like flower head (up to 15cm in diameter).  It has a strap-shaped leaves which grow in a cluster to form a false stem. The flowers are followed by attractive fleshy red berries.

 

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The nectar-rich lowers attract birds and insects.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forests and bushveld, amongst rocks and at the base of a tree.

MAINTENANCE:
Keep well composted or add leaf litter to mimic a forest environment where this plant is naturally found.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately in summer.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, forest

LANDSCAPING USES:
Grow clumps of this plant to create an attractive addition to a mixed border under trees. It can also be grown in containers.
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
The leaves are slightly leathery, mid-green and strap-shaped with dark purple spots.

FRUIT:
The plant produces a cluster of showy, bright red berries in October and November.

CULTIVATION:
Easily propagated from seed. Harvest the seeds when they are red and ripe. Clean off the fleshy seed coating. Germination takes 2-3 weeks. Plants will start flowering in 3-4 years.

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