My long-awaited Black Pearl opened her first bloom last week. At first I had thought something was wrong, as the bud was very very droopy and seemed so heavy - too heavy to open, but when it finally did open, the flower faces straight ahead and is truly stunning. The way it opened was so in keeping with its dramatic dark colour. The camera cannot seem to capture the exact hue: it is a deep maroonish colour, and it is also satiny in texture - unlike any other amaryllis I've seen. The picture with the bud shows a bit of the satiny sheen, and the bright red bloom is too red than in reality but the flash shows how satiny this flower is - just awesome - divine!