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Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

Posted by roselee z8 SW Texas (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 6, 10 at 20:24

When I finally pulled up the last of the Larkspurs there it was -- a nice surprise getting ready to bloom. I guess it's an amaryllis, but the other amaryllis finished blooming weeks ago which causes me question its ID. I'm wondering if late blooming is the norm for this variety.

I guess it got it at a plant swap. Does anyone remember passing it along? Whoever it was -- THANK YOU!

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RE: Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

Sure is. It did not come from me. I have some like that, but they are out front.

RE: Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

Thanks 'Plantmaven' Kathy! Are yours blooming now?

RE: Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

That looks like hippeastrum johnsonii ... Hardy Amaryllis or St. Joseph's lily. It's certainly blooming late!

RE: Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

BDW,I think you're right! Thank you! One person says:

"One of the most hardy Amaryllis, it was also among the very first hybrid amaryllis produced. Bred by a British watchmaker named Johnson in the late 1800s, it was a common heirloom plant found around abandoned homsteads and cemeteries, but very scarce in the trade."

Interesting that is was one of the first to be hybridized.

Here is a link that might be useful: hippeastrum johnsonii on google

RE: Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

Pretty, I have never seen them with the red on the leaves (course I haven't seen a lot of them anymore, think that is from being shaded?

Kathy, where have you been??????????

RE: Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

Jolana, I started a bunch of seeds from a Christmas amaryllis (I wish it had been Samba but it was't) and of the seedlings, maybe 10% have red on the leaves (and I always thought this was a way to ID johnsonii). I'll let you know in three years or so, when they bloom :)

I also have a gazillion little plants from Carrie's seeds, but they're too tiny right now to show any red.

Lin (aka BDW - I like that as a handle :)

RE: Is this a late blooming amaryllis?

R --
I was going to guess Johnsonii, but mine usually are the first things to bloom in spring.

Still, what a nice surprise !!


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