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botanical name:
Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. katherinae
Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. katherinae © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Blood Lily, Fireball Lily
synonyms:  Haemanthus multiflorus ssp. katharinae, Haemanthus katharinae, Haemanthus katernae
family:  Amaryllidaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
fruit colour: red
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Summer-flowering bulb producing large spherical heads of tiny bright red flowers with golden anthers. May be followed by red berries in suitable conditions. Large paddle-shaped, wavy-edged leaves up to 70cm long clasp the fleshy stem. Generally larger and taller than the species.

Well drained, humus rich soil in sun or part shade. Best in a warm position. Keep on the dry side in winter. The bulb will survive a few degrees of frost for short periods but in cold areas is better lifted or grown in a pot and given winter protection.

By seed or bulb offsets

House or conservatory plant, patio containers in summer.

other notes:
From tropical forests near the coast of east Africa

All parts are toxic to animals and humans.
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