Get to know the Amaryllis flowers, bulbous flowering plants also known as the Naked Lily, and its many different varieties.
The Amaryllis is a monocot plant from the Hippeastrum family. It is native to South Africa and has 50 species. The flowers were first cultivated as ornamental plants in the 18th century. The USA sells more than 10 million bulbs of amaryllis per year but South Africa and Holland remain the leading manufacturers of these flowers.
Its name comes from the Latin word amorous which means bitter as reference to the bitter taste of its bulb. Amaryllis is also called the Easter Lily because it blooms around Easter.
With large, double blooms, this flower is a stunning white with reddish-pink flushes throughout, a thin red trim around each petal, and bright lime-green centers. They grow up to 2 feet high and can quickly add some beautiful color to a gray Winter landscape. The flowers do not bloom simultaneously, which means the blooming time is rather long, and they grow best in zones 8-10.
This flower is an old-time favorite of gardeners, and it has large, white petals flushed with soft-pink. Its audacious blooms look tropical in nature, and it grows up to 2 feet tall, which puts the many blossoms on each stem to great advantage: each bulb produces 2-3 stems with 4-6 flowers on each. The winner of several international flower awards, they are easy to grow and to maintain, and they make beautiful groundcovers.
Chico (exotic amaryllis)
With very slender petals of ivory-white, this flower has flushes of colors such as pale-green and reddish-purple that give it an exotic look. Its spidery petals are a little different than other types of amaryllis, but no less attractive.
A cheery variety that is sure to catch visitors’ attention, the Clown has pure-white petals with bright-red stripes throughout, and they are the perfect addition to a grey Winter garden.
With a look that is similar to peonies, this flower blooms 6-8 weeks after you plant them and has large, double petals that are striped with red and white. You can keep them in your garden or cut them and take them indoors, where they will last for several weeks or even months. The Dancing Queen blooms in late-Spring to early-Summer, and they grow hardiest in zones 8-10.
The Desire flower is a large-blooming flower in a bright-orange color. It is a beautiful flower that easily reminds you of a gorgeous sunset.
Growing up to 2 feet high, this flower’s large double blooms are white and have delicate flushes of raspberry-pink at the edges. Its slender leaves are grass-green in color and perfectly complement its petals, and they are excellent flowers for forcing. They also look beautiful in flower beds and rock gardens, where they will treat you to a very long blooming time because the flowers do not bloom simultaneously.
With a look that is similar to lilies, this flower is smaller than other varieties of amaryllis and has petals of red and white. It sits on slender green stems that add to its attractiveness, and its many blooms are always noticeable to anyone who gets near it.
Although not as bold as some of the other amaryllis plants, it is just as attractive and has pale salmon-and-white petals on beautiful green stems, with a touch of lime-green in the center of each bloom. It is a delicate-looking flower that is certain to attract attention.
With large blooms that are deep reddish-pink in color and have white flushes at the tips, this flower blooms for a very long time and gets up to 2 feet in height. If you’re in the Deep South in zones 8-10, you can plant the bulbs outdoors, and they are stunning when placed in rock gardens or next to other perennials in your flower bed. They are beautiful, easy to grow, and low-maintenance, making them the perfect addition to anyone’s garden.
The Ice Queen has spider-like petals that are snowy-white and flushed with light-green. It is a stunning plant that grows profusely in late-Spring and early-Summer and produces massive amounts of blooms for your enjoyment.
This amaryllis is a tad different than the others because it is pure-white in color with delicate flushes of light lime-green throughout each petal. It grows up to 2 feet high and produces massive amounts of flowers, and the petals are perfectly complemented by its beautiful, slender leaves. Best when grown in zones 8-10, the Jewel looks stunning when planted next to flowers that are bright red or pink, and it is an easy-to-grow plant as well.
The Magic Green amaryllis has ivory and pale-green blooms and flushes of pale maroon splashed across each petal. It is a dwarf type of amaryllis but its small petals certainly stand out among other flowers. Since it doesn’t bloom simultaneously, you’ll enjoy its flowers for a very long time, and at 2 feet in height, it stands elegantly and gracefully alongside anything else you decide to plant next to it.
This flower is very eye-catching with its velvety red petals and a touch of green on the tips. Its slender leaves give the petals an even more impressive look, and it grows up to 20 inches high, making it very noticeable indeed. Best when grown in zones 8-10, the Magnum draws attention regardless of where you plant it, and it is a great flower for forcing. What’s more, it’s also a flower that is easy to grow and low in maintenance, making it a great choice for beginning gardeners.
The Matterhorn is unique in that it is pure-white in color and has a bright, lime-green center. With a snowy-white look and impressive green stems, this is one flower that always attracts attention.
Growing up to an impressive size of 2 feet high, this flower has extra-large petals that are bright-red in color with wide, creamy-white stripes in the middle of each petal. Its lime-green center stands to delightful contrast, and this is one flower that your visitors are guaranteed to notice. It is easy to grow and starts to bloom 6-10 weeks after it’s planted, and it looks beautiful when planted with other perennials.
Misty (exotic amaryllis)
The Misty flower, unlike most amaryllis plants, is very fragrant, and it has broad petals that are trumpet-shaped and come in a beautiful shade of white. Its petals each have flushes of rose-pink, and its slender green leaves perfectly complement the look of the petals.
With extra-large blooms, the Monaco has bright cherry-red petals and bright-white centers with a touch of lime-green, not to mention long white stamens that add to its attractiveness. It is a stunning flower, especially for people who love the color red.
This flower has voluptuous, almost sexy petals that are bright-white and flushed with soft-pink stripes. It is a double-bloom variety and grows up to 2 feet in height. It brings a touch of color to any Winter garden, and because it doesn’t bloom simultaneously, you can enjoy its petals for a very long time. The Nymph looks spectacular in flower beds and even rock gardens, and it is a great flower for forcing as well.
Like its name suggests, this flower has very large petals in a bright-orange color, and it looks audacious and festive. The winner of several international flower awards, this is one flower that you will love showing off to others, especially since it blooms for a very long time. With slender green leaves that perfectly complement its petals, this flower can be forced and grows best in zones 8-10.
Papillio Butterfly (exotic amaryllis)
This flower has beautiful white petals with reddish-purple stripes and a hint of green. The flower almost looks like a butterfly, hence its name, and it is a unique type of amaryllis that is low-maintenance and easy to grow.
The Picotee is a dwarf amaryllis and has flowers of bright-white with light-pink flushes and a beautiful thin, dark-red trim throughout each petal. It grows up to 2 feet high and makes a great forced flower. With its bright, lime-green center, the flower is stunning and is a true head-turner, which is why it looks perfect in any garden it is in. It also adds some glamour to your bedding plants, because its delicate, large petals are always drawing attention.
The Red Peacock is bright-red in color and has white stripes running down towards its center. It is tall, growing up to 2 feet in height, and has slender, bright-green petals that make it look like it could be a Christmas flower.
An old-time favorite, this flower has stunning red petals with delicate white flushes at the tips and red stamens with bright-yellow tips. The winner of several international flower awards, it is virtually foolproof to grow and blooms for a very long time, especially because it doesn’t bloom all at once. It can be grown in zones 2-10, but is hardiest in zones 8-10, and it looks great as a groundcover and planted among other perennials.
With narrow, elegant petals that are dark-red and feature very prominent veins, this flower is bright green in the center, which highlights the rest of the petal. They can get up to 6 inches wide, and they bloom 6-8 weeks after they are planted. They bloom profusely from late-Spring to early-Summer and grow up to 2 feet high. The Rio Negro has sparse petals with some separation between them, and they make a beautiful groundcover.
This amaryllis is quite unique in that its large petals are raspberry-pink with a wide, creamy-white strip down the middle of each petal. It also has a bright lime-green center and long, elegant stamens that make it stand out among other flowers. It blooms for a long time and grows up to 2 feet high. The Rosy Star also has narrow, bright-green leaves and once it blooms, you can store it and bring it to flower again later.
Like its name implies, this flower has large, velvety petals that are dark burgundy-red in color and have long red stamens in the middle. It is a large flower, getting up to 12 inches in width, on sturdy, long-lasting stems and beautiful green leaves that perfectly complement the petals. They are not gaudy or flashy, but instead are very elegant, and its rich colors make it a truly eye-catching plant.
This type of amaryllis has a star-like shape with pointed tips. Each petal is burgundy in color and has throats that are striped with white and lime-green. A truly eye-catching plant that looks spectacular in any garden.
With a long growing period and a height of up to 2 feet, this flower is quite large – getting up to 6 inches in width – and consists of beautiful red petals with a trim of creamy-white. Its lime-green center balances out the flower and makes it even more stunning, and it can immediately change the look of a grey Winter garden. What’s more, it is easy to grow and low-maintenance, making it the perfect choice for beginning gardeners.
Santiago (exotic amaryllis)
This is another exotic plant with trumpet-shaped blooms in a beautiful snow-white color, and it has stripes that are ruby-red and centers that are bright lime-green in color. It is also unique because it is a fragrant flower, something that most amaryllis flowers cannot boast.
This flower has bright-white petals that are multi-bloom and showy, so it is a definite head-turner in anyone’s garden.
The Summertime has delicate-looking petals that range from rose-pink to watermelon-pink, and they have white flushes of color towards the center, which is a lime-green color. It also has a few lines of cranberry-red that mark the flower and make it stand out even more.
Facts about Amaryllis Flowers
- A common name for the amaryllis is the “naked lady,” because the flowers grow first and then the leaves, making the blossoms look “naked” before the leaves appear.
- The amaryllis can grow both indoors and outdoors, and more than 10 million of these bulbs are sold throughout the world every year.
- The bulbs can regrow flowers year after year for up to 75 years.
- There are parts of the amaryllis plant that have been removed and used in medications to treat Alzheimer’s.
- The flowers of the amaryllis attract moths and carpenter bees, which are responsible for the plant’s pollination.