Flower Portrait: Hippeastrum

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Confusingly called Amaryllis (which is another lily type bulb from South Africa, but grown outdoors), the name Hippeastrum, given to it by William Herbert, means “Knight’s-star-lily”. This plant is commonly grown indoors around Christmas time and is from South and Central America.


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  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’ve never been a fan as house plants, too gaudy for me. having said that this is a bit different, very elegant!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have to confess to being a lover of the green stuff indoors. Most of mine have died now though!

  2. I love these! I used to have them in all different colours and pamper them, so they’d grow more stalks with more flower heads every year.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I had them back in the ’90s but they seemed to fall out of favour to be replaced by those poinsettias that simply die and get binned 😦

  3. restlessjo says:

    I don’t have one this year but often do. I quite like ‘showy’ 🙂
    Happy New Year, Jude! Brian Adams was immense. I ended up watching that instead of Jools.

    1. Heyjude says:

      That’s funny Jo, I ended up watching some of Jools (thought Bryan Adams was a bit corny and his voice hasn’t held out well) but I guess we were both there for the fireworks!! 😀 😀

      1. restlessjo says:

        We (well, Michael!) flipped between the channels. I was probably easily pleased due to the amaretto cocktail 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Ooh, I like the sound of that!

  4. pommepal says:

    I love these “hippies” and have a lot in my garden, but they will all have finished flowering by the time I get home.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wonder which ones you grow? The South African ones probably.

      1. pommepal says:

        Not sure which they are only know they are beautiful.

        1. Heyjude says:

          They are that!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are stunning flowers, I just loved the way these three were positioned.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought so too 🙂

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