OXBLOOD LILY

FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae | GENUS: RHODOPHIALA bifida

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Bulbs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Native to Argentina, this tough- as-nails amaryllis relative was introduced into the Texas Hill Country by German settlers in the 1850s. Narrow, foot-long leaves emerge in fall, persist through winter and spring, and then die down. In August or September, following a rain, clusters of blood-red, 2-in.-long flowers appear atop leafless foot-tall stalks.

Set bulbs out in spring, planting them 4 in. deep, 1 ft. apart. The plant multiplies naturally in just about any well-drained soil. It likes moisture during winter and spring but needs no water in summer. An old Southern favorite and a popular passalong plant. 'Hill Country Red' is a clone of the old Texas heirloom strain.

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