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Amaryllis

Fact Sheet: Amaryllis

Many tropical and subtropical bulbs thrive in Florida, and amaryllis is one of them. A favorite among gardeners, they are considered tough, reliable bulbs that require little care. In early spring, after a required winter rest period, the bulbs typically produce one to three leafless stalks (scapes), each with two or more trumpet-shaped flowers. Varieties are available that produce miniature to large flowers. Single and double flowers are also available in bold colors of red, bright pink, and orange. Other cultivars produce blooms in subdued shades of pink, rose, and salmon as well as pure white. Still others are spectacularly striped and multi-colored. The handsome, strap-shaped leaves are 1.5 inches wide and up to three feet long. The foliage persists much of the year in Florida, but becomes reduced in late summer, and is killed back by frost. Amaryllis bulbs are available from North America, Holland, Israel, Brazil, and South Africa. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum x hybridum) is native to South America and belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family.

Planted in Nassau County Demonstration Garden

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