AMMA-rillis, Amaryllis is sometimes called Hippeastrum, which means "knight
Description: Amaryllis have large
flamboyant starry trumpets which spring from huge papery bulbs. Thick smooth leafless
stems, often more than half a metre tall, are topped by four or five of these
outsize blooms, making an impressive display.
South and Central America and the Caribbean
Pure white, pillarbox red, candy pink, peach. There are also striped varieties
and ones with frilled or coloured edges to the petals.
The main season is September to April.
red varieties include "Liberty", "Red Lion", and "Hercules".
Care Tips: The flowerheads are often so large the
stems cannot support them. Insert a thin stick inside the hollow stem for support.
Buy Amaryllis when still in bud so you can transport them without damaging the
flowers. The meaty stalk of an Amaryllis sucks up a lot of water, which means
the flowers have a water supply within the stalk. This means you can use the Amaryllis
as a dry decoration for a limited period. A few stems with fully blown flowers
can be placed on a dinner table, or hung upside down above the table, without
becoming instantly limp.
Associated with the star sign Aries, being flamboyantly red.
Mythology: Amaryllis was a popular woman's name in ancient Greece.
Medicinal: Contains poisonous substances -
but perfectly safe to handle.
Language of Flowers:
Amaryllis means "splendid beauty" or "pride".