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.
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 © 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.