Name in Latin: Amaryllidaceae
Name in English: Amaryllis family
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,
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
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".