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Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus * Royal Paintbrush, Blood Lily

Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus was once part of the Amaryllis genus and later part of Haemanthus before being separated into its own genus. Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus is native to the coastal strand but also performs well in light to moderate shade in inland gardens. Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus is from South Africa and like many Southern Hemisphere plants blooms off-season, coming into bloom in Winter and continuing into early Spring. Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus is winter hardy into zone 8, low 20°'s, though fresh foliage will be damaged at far higher temperatures. These bulbs are drought tolerant in when stressed and will lose their foliage, but Blood Lilies prefer regular water and good drainage. Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus is native to a Summer rainfall area. Given regular water in a well drained medium Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus is typically evergreen when conditions stay warm enough. Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus foliage reaches 12-18" in height and the orange red flowers about a foot higher.

Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus, Royal Paintbrush

Red flower of Scadoxus punicues Magnificus - Royal Paintbrush. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Scadoxus, Blood Lily

Red flower of Scadoxus puniceus Magnificus - Royal Paintbrush. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.