Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Amaryllis



What incredible beauty from a $5 bulb! I often see these around Christmastime, but with red flowers. I am very fond of pastel colors, so I thought I'd try this one, and am really pleased with the result. The botanical name for the plant, according to the late James Crockett, is Hippeastrum, which means horse star. The plant originates in South Africa, as does another plant in my home, the clivia. They both produce dramatically beautiful flowers during a season when no flowers bloom outdoors.

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