Shire Wild Bulbs and Nursery
Amaryllidaceae Scadoxus


Commonly known as paint-brush and fire-ball lilies, Scadoxus are one of the highlights of African bulbous flora and comprise of 9 species. Their lush foliage and large spectacular flowers make them popular garden and container plants for shady areas. They require a well-drained, slightly acidic compost-rich growing medium. Deciduous species require regular watering in the summer growing season and occasional watering in the winter dormant period. Evergreen species can handle regular watering in winter which makes them great subjects for planting under trees in the garden.

Name Scadoxus membranaceus              Scadoxus membranaceus shire bulbs
Common name Dwarf paintbrush
African name idumbi (z)
D/E evergreen
Rainfall summer
Height 40cm
Light requirements s
Flowers March
Medicinal uses  


Name Scadoxus multiflorus subsp.           Scadoxus katharinae shire bulbs
Common name Katharine wheel
African name ubukhoswane (z)
D/E evergreen
Rainfall summer
Height 1m
Light requirements s
Flowers February
Medicinal uses

Used to make love charms.


Name Scadoxus puniceus Scadoxus puniceus shire bulbs
Common name Snake lily
African name isiphompo (z)
D/E deciduous
Rainfall summer
Height 80cm
Light requirements ss
Flowers September
Medicinal uses

Used in traditional medicine for
poultices, to treat coughs,
headaches and stomach ailments.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Shade Code

FS -  full sun
SS -  semi shade
S -    shade

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