Scadoxus ‘Flaming Torch’ (Scadoxus punlcaus )

Still chugging along through droughts, freezes and floods

This was a Mercer March March purchase, it took a year to settle in, the beginning of March it put out its first bloom. I had a terrible time trying to id it. Luckily I found the tag buried under several inches of soil.

This plant was  mostly shade, some dappled morning sun and in a bed that is more dry than damp. It’s been in full afternoon sun for a couple years and seems quite content. I’ve read it prefers damp soil, but that’s a very dry area most of the summer and it seems to get by okay.

As well as ‘flaming torch’ it is also called ‘paintbrush lily’, ‘blood lily’, ‘African blood lily’.

Scadoxus is a bulb, native to South Africa.

As it ages we should see several more flowers each year growing up from the base of the plant. There are 3 stalks that flower regularly and it looks like two more coming up this year.

Dormant in the winter, died back to the ground this winter ( 2009-2010, 2017-18, 2020-2021 ) but did not die back in previous warmer winters. Cold tolerant through zone 8a, heat tolerant through zone 11.

This makes a good container plant.

May be propagated from fresh seed, but will take about 5 years to reach flowering size.

All of this plant is toxic.

Survived the extreme heat and drought of the summer of 2011, ice storms, freezes, it’s one of the first plants to bloom each spring.

It’s 2017 and this neglected plant is still chugging along. It’s up to 3 flower stalks in the spring.