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Scadoxus puniceus

Archive entry 19.04.09

1st June 2008

A species from South Africa, the genus Scadoxus is distinguished from the very similar Haemanthus by the leaves, which grow from stems in a green fountain of shiny leafyness.
It is said to be fairly hardy, so I have left it in the greenhouse for the winter.

12th April 2009

It seems to have shrugged off the cold and burst into flower - I don't think it would have been so tough in the open garden.