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Oxblood Lily (Pink), Pink Oxblood Lily, Schoolhouse Lily (Pink), Pink Schoolhouse Lily

Rhodophiala bifida var. spathacea

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhodophiala (roh-doh-FY-al-luh) (Info)
Species: bifida var. spathacea


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the bulb's scales

By scoring the base of the bulb to promote new bulblets

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From bulbils

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mission Viejo, California

Gainesville, Florida

Liberty, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Humble, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This lovely plant is blooming for the first time (Sep 2010)since planted 3 years ago. Planted inground, part sun.


On Sep 6, 2008, fireflyintexas from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

What a wonderful lily. It is blooming now (early September) and attracts attention from gardening friends whenever they come to visit. A rare color, since the oxblood lily is typically red. If you have a chance to get this lily bulb, either red or pink, you will have a treasure. It grows in my New Braunfels garden in a partly shady area that is on the dry side. A no fuss bulb/plant that surprises you from the ground each fall!


On Sep 27, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Pink oxblood lily, pink schoolhouse lily is the rare form of the Argentine oxblood lily. The bright magenta-pink flowers appear on the top of a naked 8" stem in August through September. The basal foliage emerges after flowering and persists through the winter. In late spring, the foliage disappears as the plant does dormant. It naturalizes well and is suitable for borders, rock gardens, xeriscapes and wildscapes as well as containers.