Family Scadoxus Scadoxus multiflorus

Scadoxus Multiflorus | Scadoxus | Amaryllidaceae

Learn about Scadoxus multiflorus, also known as the African Blood Lily or Fireball Lily, a stunning bulbous perennial herb native to sub-Saharan Africa. Discover how to grow and care for this plant, including tips on planting, watering, and feeding. Find out how to propagate Scadoxus multiflorus by division of bulbs or by seed. Learn about the benefits of this plant, including its use in traditional medicine. Finally, explore common problems that may arise when growing Scadoxus multiflorus and how to address them. Add a splash of color to your garden with this beautiful and easy-to-grow plant.

Scadoxus Multiflorus | Scadoxus | Amaryllidaceae

Scadoxus Multiflorus - African Blood Lily

Scadoxus Multiflorus - African Blood Lily


Scadoxus Multiflorus, also known as the African Blood Lily, Fireball Lily, or Blood Lily, is a bulbous plant native to sub-Saharan Africa. It belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is a bulbous perennial herb. The plant produces a huge spherical umbel consisting of up to 100 flowers held clear of the foliage at the end of a solitary stem. The flowers are bright red, orange-red, or salmon-red and are very showy. They attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the garden. Scadoxus Multiflorus is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care. It is also deer-resistant and drought-tolerant.

Growing Scadoxus Multiflorus

Scadoxus Multiflorus is easy to grow and care for. Here are some care tips:

  • Plant the bulbs in well-draining soil in a sunny or partially shaded location.
  • Water the plant regularly during the growing season, but allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
  • Feed the plant with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season.
  • Protect the plant from frost and keep it relatively dry over winter while dormant.


Scadoxus Multiflorus can be propagated by division of bulbs or by seed. Plant the bulbs 2 inches deep and 4-5 inches apart in well-draining soil. The African Blood Lily prefers partial shade to full sun and requires regular watering during the growing season.

Common Problems

The bright red berries of Scadoxus Multiflorus are toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Other than that, this plant is relatively problem-free.


Scadoxus Multiflorus is a stunning and easy-to-grow plant that adds a vibrant pop of color to any garden or indoor space. Its unique appearance and cultural significance make it a must-have for succulent enthusiasts and plant collectors alike.