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Dutch Amaryllis Hippeastrum

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Previously known as:

  • Amaryllis
Phonetic Spelling
hip-ee-AY-strum
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

The genus Hippeastrum has about 90 species and hundreds of cultivars. They are perennial herbaceous bulbs, often sold for flowering indoors, particularly during the winter holiday season. They have basal, strap-shaped leaves with stout, hollow stems that rise 2-3 ft. tall.  Each stem bears 2 or more stalked flowers at the top.  The flowers are horizontal or drooping, funnel-shaped, and 6-parted, with hybrids available in red, pink, white, salmon, and various bicolors.  If grown outdoors, It flowers in late spring around May. The large blooms last for 3-4 weeks.  They are great for use in beds, borders, as exhibition bulbs, and as fresh cut flowers

Hippeastrums grow best in full to PM only sun.  They tolerate drought, but keep the soil moist during the active growing season.  When planting, bury plants 8 in. to base of the bulb and space 6-12 in. apart.  While they are injured at temperatures below 35 degrees F (2C) and can normally only survive in climate zones 9 and 10, they can survive the winter in zones 7 and 8 if properly mulched.  The bulb contains alkaloids and may be poisonous to pets.

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Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#poisonous#drought tolerant#container plant#houseplants#winter bulbs#spring flowering bulbs
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#poisonous#drought tolerant#container plant#houseplants#winter bulbs#spring flowering bulbs
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hippeastrum
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and South America
    Bulb Storage:
    Mulch during the winter in zones 7-8.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Umbelliform with two or more flowers per stem. Blooms last 3-4 weeks.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves may reach 12-36 inches long
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. Nausea, vomiting, salivation, possibly diarrhea. Vomiting and excessive drooling in pets.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloid lycorine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Stems