Scadoxus multiflorus (Blood Lily) is also known for its flowers and attractive foliage. Its deep-green, wavy-margined leaves are huge, up to 18 inches long and 6 inches wide. Its bright red, crimson and vinous-colored flowers make a stunning contrast against the foliage. Blooming in late spring to mid-summer. The flowers form a dense, globular and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to its nectar-rich petals.
Scadoxus multiflorus needs to be grown in full sun, and requires regular water when grown in a container. When planted in the ground, it is drought tolerant and only needs moderate water to keep the foliage looking lush. Planting of the bulbs in autumn is recommended. It can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11 with care during the cold winter months. When growing the Scadoxus multiflorus in a pot in colder regions, it is recommended to bring the pot indoors during winter and let it rest in a cool place until it can be replanted outdoors in the spring.
This plant will make an excellent addition to a rock or gravel garden, or a stunning container or greenhouse specimen.