Updated: Dec 10, 2020
A little background on this amazing flower
The amaryllis has a rather confusing name. Amaryllis is the common name for flowers of the genus Hippeastrum. Hippeastrum and Amaryllis have similar shapes, though the Hippeastrum has a hollow stem.
Hippeastrum is Greek for horseman’s star or knight’s star, as the flowers have a star-like shape. The genus Hippeastrum has about 90 species and over 600 hybrids and cultivars. It is native to tropical regions of South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
According to Greek mythology, the amaryllis originated from the love Amaryllis had for Alteo. Amaryllis, a maiden, fell in love with the shepherd Alteo. He was strong and handsome, and had a passion for flowers. To learn how to win his affection, Amaryllis went to the Oracle of Delphi for advice.
On the Oracle’s orders, she stood in front of Alteo’s house for thirty nights piercing her heart with a golden arrow. On the thirtieth night, a beautiful flower grew from her blood and helped her win Alteo’s love.
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Meaning and symbolism of the amaryllis The amaryllis commonly means determination, beauty, and love.
The Victorians associated amaryllis with strength and determination because of their height and sturdiness.
Amaryllis can also mean success, and are commonly given as gifts of hard-won achievement.
Amaryllis is a Greek female name that means “to sparkle”.
What does the amaryllis look like?
Most people associate the bright red amaryllis with the holiday season, because it is frequently gifted during this time. Though red and white are the most popular colors for this flower, it also comes in pink, orange, yellow, and purple.
Further facts and care tips
Amaryllis plants are commonly given as potted plants, and are popular indoor plants because the bulbs can bloom inside. Indoors amaryllis prefer bright, indirect sunlight, while outdoors they prefer partial sunlight or full shade.
Each plant has 6-10 inch trumpet shaped flowers that grow on on 1-2 food stalks.
The flowers won't bloom all at the same time, so you can enjoy them for at least one week and up.
If the stems are damaged or broken, it is still possible to cut them and place the Amaryllis flowers in a bowl or a small vase for a successful decoration effect.
The larger the amaryllis bulb, the more stalks and blooms it will produce in the first year.
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