"A Flower is a Leaf gone mad with Love" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Sunday, 21 August 2011
Great Balls of Fire!
Scadoxus multiflorus is a gorgeous bulb from South Africa. I have not grown it for many many years and decided to grow it again,. Boy I am glad I did. I had forgotten the hypnotic beauty it possesses. This Genus use to be under the Genus Haemanthus which translates to Blood flower. It is very slow to get going after planting in mid April as it requires a great deal of sun and heat to prode it into growing. We had an abundance of both this summer. The spectacular flower is a huge spherical umbel consisting of up to 200 flowers held clear of the foliage. The flowers last 1-2 weeks. I have a great affinity for South African plants and they are some of the most biodiverse in the plant kingdom not to mention respledent! This fact will be revealed in future posts. Enjoy the firework display!