Blood Lily

About eight or so months ago my mom sold her house and moved in with my sister and brother-in-law. She gave me some of her potted plants which I put around my house.

This plant I stuck next to the front door in the corner and just kept on watering once a week or so. I couldn’t even remember what she said it was. This afternoon when I came in my eye caught something in the pot. I just thought it was a piece of plastic that blew into the plant. It bothered me so I went back to pick it out and to my surprise found that it was the plant flowering. I immediately went to grab my camera to get a couple of shots of it. Blogging material, you know.

Checking up in my The Wildlife of Southern Africa book (I’ve had lots of use for it lately) I found out that it is a Blood Lily (Scadoxus puniceus). It grows up to a height of just less that a metre (90cm). The leaves can be just over half a meter (60cm) long while the flower can be about half a ruler (15 cm) wide. It is found in South Africa in the summer rainfall areas and can flower between July and November.

I must say I’m quite chuffed with it and will check up on it over the next couple of days to see when the second flower is fully open.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Ann

    What a beautiful plant, see all the tlc pays off I get plants and forget to re-plant, I have re-posted that tree was vile……I must be losing the plot :0)

  2. Jenty

    What a strange flower!

  3. Karin

    Oh wow, what a beautiful flower! How lucky are you to just have that pop out without you even knowing!?

  4. Janet

    What an interesting plant! I just love it when nature surprises us like that!

  5. Faye Pekas

    What a great surprise. Its beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it. Plants don’t live long in my house. I think they require water more than the once a month ot so when I think of it. A good question about the boat. I wonder if it is rusty because it set there so long or if it got so rusty that they set it there.

  6. Small City Scenes

    Wow! What a delightful surpeise. did you mother know about the blooms? MB

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