Starting To Flower
This is the first year I've grown this summer-flowering bulb. It took a long time to start growing despite the fact that it doesn't mind a shady aspect....possibly our temperatures haven't been high enough to give it the kick start it needs. It used to be known as haemanthus, from the greek words haima (blood) and anthos (flower). two of it's common names are Blood Flower and Catherine Wheel. It's not frost hardy so I've grown mine in large pots and I'll overwinter them somewhere frost free. In fact because it was starting to flower and our weather was so wet I brought the pot indoors and stood it on the windowsill so I could see it and enjoy the flowers.
I have read that these plants are poisonous and that in some parts of the world it is used an arrow poison and fishing poison. Some forms of Scadoxus are used to treat coughs; but I wouldn't advise it unless you know what you're doing!!!