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Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. katharinae

Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)

Common names: Fireball lily, blood flower, katharine wheel (E); idunjana, ubukhoswane (Z); bloedblom, gifwortel (A); inkupulwane (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Bulb, Perennial
An evergreen bulb that produces a brilliant ball of red flowers in summer.

Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. katharinae

EVERGREEN

SHADE

FROST SENSITIVE

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

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

Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. katharinae

DESCRIPTION

An evergreen rhizomatous perennial which produces large, thinly-textured leaves with a distinct midrib that form from the base of the stem.

The plant produces a single flowerhead in one season.  The flowerhead is a big ball consisting of up to 200 salmon-red flowers which are held above the foliage on a tall stem.

It produces green berries that ripen to scarlet during winter.  The berries are favoured by birds and can remain on the plant for up to 2 months.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Forest margins and stream banks.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Keep moist in summer.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
Useful to create a highlight under trees in a forest garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
PESTS & DISEASES
May be attacked by Amaryllis Lily Borer. Slugs and snails will eat the leaves.
CULTIVATION
Propogate from seed or offsets.
CAUTION
These plants are poisonous.

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