Scadoxus multiflorus ssp. katherinae

Jim McKenney
Thu, 31 Jul 2008 09:51:32 PDT
Scadoxus multiflorus bloomed here about a month or more ago. As Diana
mentions, it’s an easily grown plant.

The stock I grow is of the mass-market version which is sold in local retail
nurseries and derives, I think, from commercial stock grown in India.

I assume this is Scadoxus multiflorus multiflorus. As I know it, it’s a
smaller plant than the one described by Diana: mine have never been taller
than about eight to ten inches in bloom, and the foliage has never topped
fifteen to eighteen inches. The inflorescence is about the size of a

I’ve often wondered what differences there are between S. multiflorus
multiflorus and S. multiflorus katherinae, but in the images on Diana’s site
and on the wiki I can see that the leaves and inflorescence are somewhat

Do these plants have a distinct distribution in nature?  

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where Cardiocrinum cordatum is still blooming.
My Virtual Maryland Garden
Webmaster Potomac Valley Chapter, NARGS 
Editor PVC Bulletin 
Webmaster Potomac Lily Society

More information about the pbs mailing list