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Scadoxus puniceus

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Scadoxus (ska-DOKS-us) (Info)
Species: puniceus (pun-IK-ee-us) (Info)

Synonym:Haemanthus puniceus

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Tritonitrone On Dec 2, 2014, Tritonitrone from Sydney
Australia wrote:

Grows well without too much attention in my garden in Sydney, Australia. Takes full sun or a little shade.The wavy-edged, lush, bright green foliage is as much a feature as the flowers. Possums, snails and caterpillars don't attack it much. Germinates easily from fresh seed sown on the surface of seed raising mix, but slow (4 years) to get to flowering size. Easy to propagate by division, though.

Positive vossner On Mar 17, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Mine is planted in full sun. It took almost 2 years to bloom. Worth the wait.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 25, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Scadoxus has thin, glabrous leaves with a prominent midrib and a petiole-like base. It forms a corm- or tuber-like bulb structure. They occur in the summer rainfall areas in South Africa. From a distance, the flower resembles a thistle, but upon closer observation, it's completely different. Gorgeous.


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

Cathedral City, California
Granite Bay, California
Oceanside, California
Orange, California
San Diego, California
San Marino, California
Richmond, Texas

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