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Paintbrush Lily

Haemanthus puniceus

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Paintbrush Lily (Haemanthus puniceus) at Rainbow Gardens

Paintbrush Lily fruit

Paintbrush Lily fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  14 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Torch Lily, Blood Lily, syn. Scadoxus puniceus

Description:

An interesting garden or potted bulb plant that can easily be propigated by seed; a stunning orange-red bloom that resemble a paint brush above glossy, deep green foliage; impressive when massed, and great for shady areas

Ornamental Features

Paintbrush Lily features bold spikes of orange pincushion flowers with scarlet overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its glossy narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. It produces red berries in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Paintbrush Lily is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and may require the occasional pruning to look its best. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Paintbrush Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Paintbrush Lily will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

Paintbrush Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.