Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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.


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

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

  4. 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.

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