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Hippeastrum reginae

"Amaryllis"

Amaryllis

A dear friend gave this plant to my mom 2013 Christmas. Essentially, that means it is mine, as I am the one who cares for all the plants and animal around svinsanctum. The plant completely died back in early spring. I moved it outside to our mostly shaded deck, and it is recoverying wonderfully.

There was no plant information on it, so I am constructing this page from information I find online.

  • Botanical Name: Hippeastrum reginae
  • Family: Amaryllidaceae
  • Common Name: Amaryllis
  • Plant Type: Flowering bulb, Houseplant
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Lightly moist, never soggy
  • Temperature: 20 to 24°C

Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae (subfamily Amaryllidoideae, tribe Hippeastreae, and subtribe Hippeastrineae). The name Hippeastrum, given to it by William Herbert, means "Knight's-star-lily", although precisely what Herbert meant by the name is not certain. For many years there was confusion among botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name "amaryllis" is mainly used for cultivars of this genus, often sold as indoor flowering bulbs particularly at Christmas in the northern hemisphere. By contrast the generic name Amaryllis (same family and subfamily) applies to bulbs from South Africa, usually grown outdoors. The genus is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Reproduction is generally by allogamy (cross-pollination) and Hippeastrum may be propagated by seed or offset bulbils (bulblets), although commercial ventures use in vitro techniques, or splitting of the bulb into sections. The genus has been intensely bred and cultivated since the early nineteenth century to produce large colourful showy flowers. In temperate climes these can be placed outside in the summer, and after a dormancy period, be induced to rebloom inside in the winter.

Amaryllis plants like to be root-bound in small pots. Leave about half the bulb above the soil. The bigger the bulb, the bigger the flowers.

Sources: Wikipedia | Houseplant 411