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The name Amaryllis

The flower that has become so well- known today as the Amaryllis, is not a true Amaryllis, but belongs to the genus Hippeastrum. The true Amaryllis is Amaryllis belladonna - and this is the only species in the Amaryllis genus. Amaryllis Belladonna originates from the southern Cape in South Africa.

Hippeastrums are native to Central America, South America and the West Indies. Naturally, there exist about 80 species.

Hippeastrums are also known as the "Christmas Flower"

The great variety in Hippeastrums that are commercially available, are hybrids - that is, they have been cross- bred by growers. Hybridisation of Hippeastrums began in the Netherlands in 1767. The aim has always been to produce larger , and more blooms in a greater variety of colours. Hadeco® are world leaders in Hippeastrum hybridisation.

The original Hippeastrums as they were discovered growing, mainly, in South America, have trumpet- shaped, slightly hanging blooms. The hybrids available to you are beautifully open- faced and outward- looking. From four to six of these gorgeous flowers are borne on two to three stout stems of some 40cm tall. Colours range from pure white to lovely soft rose, pink, magenta, salmon, orange, red, mahogany and red- and white- striped beauties. Hadeco has recently added yellow to the collection. Double- flowered cultivars are also available in this colour range. The strap- shaped, erect leaves accompany the rapid growth of the floral stalks.

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