Scadoxus Raf.

Blood Lily

Word origin unknown

Perennial herbs with creeping rhizomes with or without an associated bulb. Leaves deciduous, stalked, usually spirally arranged, with the bases forming a leek-like speckled pseudostem; leaf blades narrowly to broadly ovate and with a midrib. Flower clusters many-flowered, appearing before or with the new leaves, the stalk often speckled. Spathe bracts more or less persistent, containing the flowers like a loose brush, sometimes withering when the flowers form a ball. Perianth mostly red, pink, or white; lobes narrow. Stamen filaments much longer than the flower lobes. Ovary 3-chambered with 1 or 2 ovules per chamber. Fruit a red berry; seeds about 1 cm wide, blackish round.

Pot plants and border perennials.

Both the species cultivated in Australia were formerly placed in Haemanthus.

Division of clumps, removal of offsets, or seed.

Rhizome present; leaves thin, midribbed and not 2 ranked cf. Haemanthus; flower head shaving-brush-like or spherical.

About 9 species in Africa, south of the Sahara, and on the Arabian peninsula.

Friis & Nordal (1976).

Source: Ashburner, W.; Ashburner, C.; Spencer, R. (2005). Narcissus. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Amaryllidaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Scadoxus multiflorus (Martyn) Raf.
species         Scadoxus puniceus (L.) Friis & Nordal