Hippeastrum 'Red Lion'

Hippeastrum 'Red Lion'

Amarylis

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Hippeastrum 'Red Lion'
  • Common name: Amarylis
  • Plant type: Houseplant
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 40cm

Spread: 25cm

Flower colour:
  • Red
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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Hippeastrum 'Red Lion'

Hippeastrum, or amaryllis, are most commonly grown as flowering houseplants, and are often given as gifts at Christmas. The bulbous plants hail from South Africa, and bear four to six large flowers on a tall, light green hollow stem.

It's easy to force amaryllis bulbs to flower indoors over Christmas, and once they've finished flowering they can be stored and encouraged to flower the following year.

Hippeastrum 'Red Lion' bears large scarlet flowers. For best results, grow at room temperature, around 20°C in a well-lit room, in the sunniest position you can give it. Water sparingly at first, increasing the amount as the flower stems develop.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested, Purgative if ingested

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