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Scadoxus multiflorus

Scientific Name:

Scadoxus multiflorus

Common name:

Blood Lily, Blood Flower, African Blood Lily, Fireball, Fireball Lily, Football Lily, Ball Lily, Low Lily, Monsoon Lily, Katherine-wheel, Oxtongue Lily, Poison Root, Pincushion Flower, Powderpuff Lily






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Senegal, Somalia, South Africa

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ABout the PLant

The Scadoxus multiflorus succulent is a stunning and unique plant native to the African continent. It has been known by many names, including Blood Lily, Fireball Lily, and Powderpuff Lily. This succulent is an evergreen perennial that grows from a bulbous base. Its leaves are long and thin, often reaching up to two feet in length. The foliage is deep green in color with a waxy texture. In late spring or early summer, the Scadoxus multiflorus produces beautiful clusters of bright red flowers that look like small pom-poms or powder puffs. These blooms have yellow centers and are highly fragrant. The size of this succulent varies depending on its growing conditions but can reach up to three feet tall when mature. It prefers warm temperatures and well-drained soil that is slightly acidic in nature. It should be watered regularly during the growing season but kept relatively dry during the winter months. Scadoxus multiflorus has been cultivated for centuries as an ornamental plant due to its striking appearance and pleasant fragrance. In some areas it is also used medicinally for treating fever, headaches, stomachaches, and other ailments. This versatile succulent makes an excellent addition to any garden or landscape setting due to its easy care requirements and vibrant blooms. With proper care it will bring beauty and joy for years to come!
The Scadoxus multiflorus succulent is best suited for bright indirect light. This means that it should be placed in an area with plenty of natural light, but not directly exposed to the sun. It can also tolerate medium light, so it can be placed in a slightly shadier spot if needed. Low light should be avoided, as this could lead to stunted growth and poor flowering.
The Scadoxus multiflorus succulent prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. It should be slightly acidic with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5, and it should be kept moist but not soggy. The soil should also have good aeration to ensure the roots can breathe properly.
The Scadoxus multiflorus succulent is a great choice for low-maintenance gardening. It prefers to be watered about once every two weeks, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Make sure not to overwater, as this can cause root rot and other issues.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Scadoxus multiflorus succulent are around 40-50%. This means that the air should not be too dry or too humid. It's best to keep it at a comfortable level where the air is slightly moist but not wet.