New Year’s Day is past, but it’s not too late to wish all a happy Hippeastrum Day. Or Amaryllis Day, if you prefer, though what we generally call Amaryllis are really Hippeastrums, just as what we generally call Geraniums are really Pelargoniums. But honestly, who cares?

Hippeastrum ‘Naranja’

Currently we have two varieties of Hippeastrum in bloom. The first, ‘Naranja’, came into flower a couple of days after Christmas. I love orange flowers, especially in the middle of winter. So vibrant!

Within a few days the other 3 flowers on the first stalk of ‘Naranja’ also bloomed, and there is a second flower stalk getting ready to put on its own show.

The second Hippeastrum to bloom was ‘Picotee’. At least, I’m pretty sure it was ‘Picotee’. We are also growing a third variety called ‘Picasso’, which looks just like ‘Picotee’ but it’s supposed to be fragrant. ‘Picasso’ still has a few days to go, it seems.

Here’s another look at ‘Picotee’. Seems like the red edging is less pronounced, once the flower is open, than in prior years. Unless this is really ‘Picasso’ after all.

I do very little with indoor plants, in fact they seem to have a reduced life expectancy when I am around. But I make an exception for Hippeastrums. They are definitely a pick-me-up during the cold, dark days of winter.

28 Comments on “Happy Hippeastrum Day”

  1. Happy New Year to you, Judy and your family! Nice to have your posts popping up again. You have all been in my prayers. Beautiful Amaryllis colors. I too am very challenged growing plants indoors and have been known not to even successfully grow Amaryllis. My daughter sent me a beautiful indoor planter for my birthday and I almost used it for holding kitchen utensils. But, as usual you’ve inspired me to try again. The dirt and paperwhite bulbs will be coming out today! Next year Hippeastrums, as I will call them now

  2. My wife tends to several hippeastrums, so almost always have one in bloom. They are beautiful.

    Also, you raise an interesting question: Who decides what a flower’s name really is? We have U.S. and international bodies to settle on the names of geographic features (Is the body of water west of Korea the “East Sea” or the “Sea of Japan”?), terms for international banking (How does a bank define “capital”?, and international standards organizations for all kinds of products. I’d vote for you, Jason, to be in charge of the International Panel on Plant Names.

  3. Happy Hippy Day to you too. I always love seeing these huge flowers standing there looking gorgeous. I don’t grow them because I don’t have enough light to keep them upright. They always look like drunken soldiers flopping over. I like both of these. I have never noticed the red edge before of the white one. Interesting.

  4. Hippeastrum — hmm! They are gorgeous. Your first few respondents are like me, indoor plant-challenged. I admire anyone who can successfully raise indoor plants. I usually just buy cut flowers in the winter and pick flowers from my garden in the summer to bring color inside.
    All the best to you and yours this new year. May it be brighter and healthier.

  5. How bright and cheerful they are! Like New Hampshire Garden Solutions, mine go outside for late spring/summer/early fall. Then into the garage for a rest, and then inside for bloom in February (I need blooms more in Feb than during the holidays). They are delightful and impressive bulbs. Enjoy yours!

  6. I’ve never once heard ‘hippeastrum.’ It makes me think of a hippopotamus decked out in Easter flowers. My mother adored them, although we never ventured beyond the traditional red, white, and candy striped. They not only grew and bloomed for us, they were fruitful and multiplied. We were awash in bulbs by the time she passed. There might have been thirty or more than I gave away. They’re so easy to grow — at least, down here.

  7. Gorgeous! I have a beautiful white amaryllis blooming now that a friend gave me for Christmas. It will be planted out in the garden in March. I am very fortunate that these plants are hardy here, so I have a collection that reliably bloom every spring.Happy gardening in 2021!

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