True Amaryllis

Amaryllis spp.

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Some pink Amaryllis flowers on a plant
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Amaryllis is a small genus of South African flowering perennial bulbs, containing just 2 species. They are grown for their large ornate white, pink or purple funnel-shaped flowers. A bulb produces 1-2 leafless stems averaging 30-60cm high, each bearing a cluster of 2-12 flowers 6-10cm wide. Their flowers and growth pattern resemble those of lilies but they are only distantly related to true lilies. There is confusion over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name Amaryllis is mainly used for cultivars of the genus Hippeastrum, these are often grown indoors. By contrast, the genus Amaryllis refers to bulbous species from South Africa, which are usually grown outdoors.

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Planning

Flowering time

Autumn

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Western Cape of South Africa.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Pink

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