Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Hippeastrum



English Name:


Common Name:


Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Amaryllidaceae

Name in English: Amaryllis family

The Plant

Origin: Tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean

Growth Habit: bulbous plant

Flower: flower stem is erect, 30–75 cm (12"–30") tall, 2.5–5 cm (1"–2") in diameter and is hollow. Depending on the species, it bears two to fifteen large flowers,

Blooming Period:

Leaf: long-lasting evergreen or deciduous leaves


showy ornamental plant

Care and Handling

Soil: well-drained, sandy, organic soil (such as one part leaf mold or peat moss, one part well-decayed manure, with a bit of coarse sand and bone meal added)

Amount of water: They should be watered regularly after the foliage emerges; sparingly in the winter.

Nutrition: as the flowers have faded, liquid fertilizer should be applied

Special handling: Hippeastrums are hardy from zones 7 to 11. They may be grown as houseplants in cool regions

Special feature/remarks:

common name "amaryllis" is mainly used for cultivars of this genus, which are widely used as indoor flowering bulbs.-generic name Amaryllis applies to bulbs from South Africa, usually grown outdoors. "Hippeastrum" is Greek for "knight's star".