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Football Lily, Haemanthus Multiflorus, Blood Lily - Bulbs

Flowers are arranged in umbel so it is called as football lily and color suggests a name - blood lily.
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Description for Football Lily

Scadoxus multiflorus is the scientific name of football lily. This perennial grows from a rhizomatous bulb. It has a false stem as leaves are wrapped together. Leaves may appear after flowering or with them. A false stem can grow up to 60 cm. Up to 100 individual flowers are produced in an umbel inflorescence.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Football lily, blood lily, ball lily, blood flower, Katherine-wheel, oxtongue lily, poison root and powderpuff lily Pink and red shades Summer to early autumn Up to 18 inches Easy to grow

Planting and care

It can be planted in containers or in the ground and indoor or outdoor. Propagation is possible by seed. Plant the bulbs in spring with equal parts of loam or sandy soil and manure. Keep spacing of up to 10 inches. Re-pot occasionally in spring or early summer.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Bright light Well-drained growing medium, largely organic in nature Medium 10 to 30 degrees C Use any organic fertilizer.

Caring for Football Lily

  • Give at least 2 to 3 hours of sunlight for indoors.
  • Apply balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer each month during the growing phase.
  • Reduce watering in late summer.
  • Remove the spent flowers unless you are collecting the seed.



Typical uses of Football Lily

Special features: Inflorescence

Culinary use: Harmful after intake.

Ornamental use: It is grown as an ornamental plant for its brilliantly colored flowers.

Medicinal use: NA


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