Christmas Amaryllis – Hippeastrum vittatum

Also call Commercial Amaryllis is a bulb of hybrid origin, being bred from several Peruvian cultivars. It is a bulb that blooms late winter or very early spring, often during the holiday season. They can be seen (or their packaging boxes can be seen) in many store around the country in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

This plant was placed in the Lily family by the USDA, but elsewhere it was found listed in the Amaryllidaceae – Amaryllis Family. In some classification systems the Amaryllis family is considered a sub-family of the Lily family.

The older usage of the family Liliaceae was an all-inclusive collection of plants that are considered in most recent classifications to belong to many families in at least two Orders, Asparagales and Liliales. The Amaryllidaceae are now considered part of the Asparagales.’ ( from Sheilds Gardens: Bulbs of the World site (http://www.shieldsgardens.com/amaryllids/amaryllis.html])

Christmas Amaryllis

Christmas Amaryllis

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