Native to Africa, the genus Amaryllis comes from the Greek word amarysso, which means “to sparkle.” Bulbs were brought to Europe in the 1700s and have been known to bloom for up to 75 years. However, the amaryllis bulbs we commonly purchase and grow as houseplants are hybrids of the genus Hippeastrum and are native to Central and South America.
Amaryllis flowers range from 4 to 10 inches in size and can be either single or double in form.
While the most popular colors are red and white, flowers may also be pink, salmon, apricot, rose, or deep burgundy. Some varieties are bicolor such as purple and green, or picotee (having petals with a different edge color).
These Amaryllis seem to demonstrate that they like it here in the Vero Beach area of Central Florida. What a beautiful way to introduce a pop of color to your garden.
This information about Florida-friendly plants is shared by Garrett Property Management and Landscape Contractors. We at Garrett Property Management and Landscaping stand ready to help you make your estate the best it can be. Call us at 772-778-7905 and tell us about your vision for the ideal and beautiful landscaping of your grounds.
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