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Haemanthus katherinae

Common Name:
Blood lily
Plant Type:
Bulbous perennial
Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
3 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
Several large (1 foot or more), shiny, wavy-edged leaves are carried atop a stalk-like base on this robust species that regularly produces offsets around the base. Each stem can reach blooming size in two years. During the summer one or more 1-2 foot flowering stems appear from each bulb, bearing large, round clusters of two and a half inch orange red blossoms with long, colored stamens. Light shade, rich soil, moderate watering during growth and bloom, very little in winter. Reputedly hardy to just below freezing, though ours have recovered after a bout of 20 degrees F.