Amaryllis 'Rosario'

Amaryllis: eight of the best amaryllis

If you think you know amaryllis (or more correctly named Hippeastrum), think again. Alys Fowler picks out 8 beauties that you'll long to grow for their striking blooms. Plus tips on how best to grow them. Don't forget to order your bulbs now

Alys Fowler lists 8 of her favourite amaryllis, or hippeastrums, and explains how to get the most from these exotic-flowering bulbs, planting between October and April for flowers from late December to June.

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Hippeastrum ‘La Paz’

Hippeastrum ‘La Paz’ Amaryllis has a vigorous long stem with spidery, frilly-edged petals in a soft pink with dark outer edges
Hippeastrum ‘La Paz’ Amaryllis has a vigorous long stem with spidery, frilly-edged petals in a soft pink with dark outer edges © Jason Ingram

Vigorous amaryllis, with long stems. This amaryllis has colours that seem slightly muddied compared to other ‘cybister’ types – but it’s certainly unusual.

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Hippeastrum 

Amaryllis Misty has a traditional trumpet shaped head in a pale red colouring
Amaryllis Misty has a traditional trumpet shaped head in a pale red colouring © Jason Ingram

A traditional amaryllis trumpet, but smaller and more refined than most. This amaryllis has a lovely, subtle fragrance and a green throat.

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Hippeastrum 

Rosario Amaryllis has unusual soft pink colour streaks making up its spidery petals
Rosario Amaryllis has unusual soft pink colour streaks making up its spidery petals. © Jason Ingram
© Jason Ingram

This amaryllis has unusual streaking. It tends to be slow to grow and less vigorous than some.

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Hippeastrum 

Amaryllis Tango is unusual to the eye boasting stunning cherry streamer-like petals with a splash of green
Amaryllis Tango is unusual to the eye boasting stunning cherry streamer-like petals with a splash of green. © Jason Ingram

A reliable and a good starter variety. The colour combination isn’t as clear as ‘Rosario’, but you’ll get more flowers per stem.

Hippeastrum 

‘Emerald’

Emerald Amaryllis has soft white petals with a delicate red edging
Emerald Amaryllis has soft white petals with a delicate red edging. © Jason Ingram

More red than green. The insides of this amaryllis’ petals look hand-painted.

Hippeastrum 

‘Merengue’

Merengue Amaryllis has elegant, pointed petals in deep shades of terracotta
Merengue Amaryllis has elegant, pointed petals in deep shades of terracotta. © Jason Ingram

My favourite. I loved the terracotta throats of the plentiful flowers – like a 1970s bathroom scheme, but in a good way.

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