Rhodophiala bifida – Oxblood Lily

Rhodophiala bifida Hill Country Red9

In flower today are the lovely oxblood lilies, Rhodophiala bifida.  This Argentine native bulb emerges seemingly overnight without foliage.  The 1′ tall stalks are topped with bright red, out-facing flowers…first cousin to hippeastrum (mistakenly known as amaryllis).  About a month after rhodophialas finish flowerering, the winter growing leaves emerge and remain throughout the winter.  Rhodophiala prefers sun when the leaves are growing, so it can also be grown in deciduous woodlands where the tree leaves disappear during the winter months.

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