Common name(s): Amaryllis
Scientific name: Hippeastrum spp.
Plant family: AMARYLLISDACEAE
Origin: Hippeastrum genus is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, primarily found in regions from Argentina to Mexico.
Description: Amaryllis plants are known for their large, showy, trumpet-shaped flowers that come in various colors, including red, pink, orange, and white. The flowers are borne on tall, leafless stems and have six petal-like segments. The bulbs are large and produce strap-like leaves.
Growing Conditions: Amaryllis plants thrive in well-drained soil and require a sunny location. They are commonly grown as potted plants, and their bulbs should be planted with the upper third above the soil. They prefer moderate watering and a dormant period with reduced watering after flowering.
Wildlife: Amaryllis plants are not known for being a significant wildlife attractant. However, as with many flowering plants, they can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies when grown outdoors.
Location in Gardens: throughout, blooming in the spring
Indoor Blooms: Amaryllis is a popular choice for indoor blooming during the winter months. The bulbs can be forced to bloom indoors, providing a burst of color during the colder seasons.
Hybrid Varieties: There are numerous hybrid varieties of Hippeastrum, resulting in a wide range of flower colors, shapes, and sizes. This diversity has contributed to the popularity of Amaryllis in horticulture.
Blooming Amaryllis Instructions
Water sparingly and keep in good natural light
After Bloom Fades
After the flowers have faded, cut the flower stalk to within 1 inch of the top of the bulb. Continue to water and feed the plant regularly with a liquid houseplant fertilizer. Amaryllis will grow a number of leaves during the spring and summer. This will help the plant produce energy for the following year’s bloom, which can be expected in the spring. Bulbs can be kept in the pot or planted in the garden leaving the shoulder of the bulb exposed above the ground.Donate to the Gardens