Blood Lily

Haemanthus coccineus

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Haemanthus (hem-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: coccineus (kok-SIN-ee-us) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage




Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Berkeley, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Silver Springs, Florida

Zachary, Louisiana

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Ames Lake, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 8, 2016, Rowanjo from Scotsburn,
Australia wrote:

This is 1 tough plant!
Our garden at Scotsburn Victoria was destroyed by bushfire last December. The Haemanthus coccineus has regenerated however the shade of its surrounding area has totally gone.
I will have to move it but am not sure when is the best time. Can anybody recommend the best time to do do this?


On Feb 7, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- My experience with Haemanthus coccineus is limited, I have only had a plant for 2 years and has not yet bloomed. It is planted in the ground and is dormant in summer. It currently has two healthy leaves and seems happy. The location is strong shade with once-a-month summer, and no winter, water. It is under a large winter cold frame so I can't add to the information about frost hardiness. Although our garden had a winter low this year of 26F, we only had 9 consecutive nights of freezing, and it did not reach freezing inside the cold frame.


On Sep 2, 2013, PossumGreen from Adelaide,
Australia wrote:

I first came across this plant in my grandmother's garden in Tatura, Victoria Australia. Never knew what it was. Last week I came across the same plant in the riverland South Australia and looked it up. Coccineus variety. I believe the SA plant is the same (have not seen the flowers yet). Now a huge plant that had been left/neglected in the ground and multiplied ontop of its self. The top plants leaves spanned almost 2feetlong at least 30cm wide. Not sureif I should leave it in the ground or dig it up. Expecting unusually hot summer.


On Jun 8, 2012, jacquio from Melbourne,
Australia wrote:

I found blood lily growing on a building site in Highett (near the coast) and picked the flower. I found it dropped pods after about two or three weeks when the flower died. I now have all the pods and am not sure whether to plant them now. As suggested here I took the hard seed from the pods soft outer casing even though others seem to be transforming themselves. I have put them in sandy soil and will try my luck growing this beautiful flower. Hopefully I succeed. Thanks to all of you for the information :)


On Mar 3, 2012, srcharters from Auckland,
New Zealand wrote:

I've grown it for a few years - both in the ground and in a pot -it seems to prefer being crowded. The advantage of a pot is that it can be moved when the foliage has died down.

I divided and repotted last year and had no flowers, just leaves, but this autumn there has been a great display. The flowers - bright orangey pink with speckled stalks - always evoke comment from visitors and the very broad, strappy leaves make a nice contrast with other foliage.


On Jul 1, 2007, Kaelkitty from Adelaide,
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

Mine shocked me by producing 6 seeds from its very first flowering, mind you it was a good sized (expensive) bulb when I purchased it. The seeds are large and are contained singly in a fleshy pink berry which goes very soft and squishy over several weeks. Eventually they will come away from the flower head when touched. By this time the berry flesh is slimy and watery. I removed all the flesh and washed the seeds under the tap then I left them on the kitchen table for a few weeks. I was amazed to find a root coming from one of them as they sat there and planted them in a sandy seed mix immediately with the seed aril at the side and barely buried. The first leaf appeared about three weeks later.


On May 21, 2007, seachell from Whangarei,
New Zealand wrote:

First saw them growing between a concrete footpath and a concrete retaining wall. Found out what they were and have grown mine in a pot for the last 8 years. Finally they are multipying both along the tuber and by seed. I dont give them any care except to keep the snails away and an occasional light dressing with blood and bone fertilizer. I didn't like the white blood lilys as much, not so showy.


On Feb 11, 2007, imogen15 from Hamilton,
New Zealand wrote:

Just discovered what I have in the pot outside!! Its a fantastic bloom. I thought I had killed it when I saw the leaves die away, but then hoorah the blooms have appeared.
Wondering if the flowers are poisonous or not as I have small boy who is very inquisitive? Thanks.


On May 22, 2006, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased one of these plants in a mesh sack from one of the "big box" stores. There were no planting directions on the packaging. I should have checked the Plant Files before putting it into the ground. Finding here that this plant is in the Amaryllis Family, and after seeing a Blood Lily potted up at a friend's house, I am now aware that the bulb needs to be at soil level with the top of the bulb out of the dirt.

I planted the Blood Lily in my garden as I would most bulbs and ended up burying it too deep. It grew the first year and made leaves but never bloomed. It has not returned this year. If it makes any sign of growth, I will dig it up and replant it with the top of the bulb protruding from the soil as is customary for any Amaryllis.

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On May 21, 2006, Derek_c from Sydney,
Australia wrote:

I have 2 of these plants growing in 15 inch pot. They flower every year and receive very little attention other than water and a handful of blood and bone each year. The flower is about a foot high, almost brush like in appearance, lasts 2-3 weeks in late summer, and then the leaves start to emerge. They grow to about a metre in lenght and about 100mm wide (4ins) Glossy and deep green.
Semi shade seems to suit, hardy and easy to grow in Sydney Australia.


On Jan 30, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great bulb that produces huge, red flowers with with a yellow inside. Very expensive. pokerboy.


On Nov 20, 2004, Jeff_H from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Georgeous South African bulb that flowers in the fall, followed by thick, strap-like leaves. The flower stems have a really nice red & green pattern to them.