Monday, January 5, 2015

Hardy Amaryllis

Hippeastrum x johnsonii
Just like Hostas, the clumps gradually increase in size.
The hybrid between Hippeastrum reginae ( Peru ) & H vittatum of Brazil.
The attractive leaves, up to 2.5 feet in length, are glossy deep green though may have a bronze cast in full sun.
The intense scarlet-red ( with white stripes ) flowers, up to 5 inches in length, are borne 4 to 6 on stems up to 20 inches high during late spring. A single bulb may produce up to 4 flowering stems.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 in full sun to partial shade. They look great in mass plantings, planted about 12 inches apart. Saint Joseph Lily is very hardy and will often survive for decades on their own. Propagation is from dividing clumps during autumn or very early spring before growth begins. St Joseph Lily does not normally produce viable seed.

* photos of unknown internet source

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