Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. multiflorus
Multiflowered Torch Lily
Item #: 9021
Zones: 7b to 10b
Dormancy: Winter, Spring
Height: 12" tall
Origin: Botswana, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Scadoxus multiflorus, a South African amaryllid from the Southern rainfall region, has been one of the greatest surprises in our hardiness trials. Despite enduring temperatures as low as 0 degrees F since the mid-1990s, the deciduous torch lily has returned each year. In early July, the 1' tall flower spike emerges overnight, topped with a tiny reddish bud that quickly explodes like a skyward firework into a 6-8", fuzzy red fireball. During flowering, the 1' tall, glossy green, strappy leaves emerge from the ground on short green stalks forming a hosta-like clump that lasts throughout the summer. A bed of torch lilies is sure to cause visitors to do a double take.
Scadoxus multiflorus is a maintenance free perennial in our climate, requiring no additional care after planting. After several years, they can be dug and divided, which is best done after flowering.
Scadoxus multiflorus is a woodland plant that does best in light shade, but will also tolerate a couple of hours of sun in the early morning. It has no tolerance for all day sun, and will also suffer if planted in deep shade. It prefers a dry to average moisture soil that drains well.
We previously offered this as Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. katherine, but it turned out to actually be Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. multiflorus. We apologize for the error.
Scadoxus multiflorus is pollinated almost exclusively by large swallowtail butterflies.
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Time: Summer
Container Role: Fillers
Garden Themes: Cottage Garden Plants