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Haemanthus coccineus

Blood lily

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to November
  • Height0.3m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourRed yellow
  • Leaf ColourGlossy bight green

Description

Haemanthus coccineus (Blood lily). This is a summer flowering bulb with very large blooms of fleshy, red bracts which are surround by prominent stamens and lots of tiny little petals in the flower's centre. The stems are large and a dull brownish-red colour. The leaves will appear after flowering, they are large glossy and bright green. They stand up about 1m high and are long-lasting.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Bulb, Herbaceous

Other common names

Ox tongue lily, Cape tulip

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Ornamental, container, greenhouse

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You will need to liquid feed in the growing season. Leave undisturbed as long as possible before replanting. The plants sap may irritate the skin.

Propagation

By offsets or seed before growth commences in early spring.

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