Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs have large and flamboyant trumpet-shaped flowers and are very easy to grow indoors.
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Discover 16 beautiful amaryllis varieties to try, below.
Hippeastrum ‘Royal Velvet’
As the name suggests, the flowers of ‘Royal Velvet’ are a deep scarlet, with a velvety texture. The flower spike, or scape, will reach around 50cm in height.
Blooms of amaryllis ‘Royal Velvet’, deep scarlet with velvet textured petals
Hippeastrum ‘Green Goddess’
‘Green Goddess’ is a smaller, more dainty variety, with flowers that resemble lilies. The centre of the flowers is flushed with apple green, fading to pure white. ‘Green Goddess’ will grow to 45cm in height.
Amaryllis ‘Green Goddess’: smaller white blooms with apple-green centres
The spidery flowers of ‘Chico’ make it one of the most distinctive amaryllis varieties. With a scape growing to 50cm, the green and fuchsia-coloured blooms are unmissable.
Green and pink, spidery blooms of Hippeastrum ‘Chico’
Hippeastrum ‘Mont Blanc’
Reaching a statuesque 60cm in height, ‘Mont Blanc’ has large pure white blooms, with a lovely lime-green centre.
Large white flowers of Hippeastrum ‘Mont Blanc’, with lime green centres
The veined scarlet and white petals give ‘Tosca’ a particularly festive air. Expect it to grow to a towering 60cm in height.
White and scarlet-veined blooms of Hippeastrum ‘Tosca’
Though not growing as tall as other amaryllis (around 40cm), ‘Fairytale’ is nonetheless stunning. The red and white veined petals are particularly striking.
Red and white veined petals of Hippeastrum ‘Fairytale’
Amaryllis ‘Emerald’ is all about the detail. The white-green petals are delicately frilled and have pretty red margins. Will reach 45cm in height.
White-green, narrow petals of Hippeastrum ‘Emerald’ blooms, edged with red along their wavy sides
Amaryllis ‘Clown’ has marvellous blooms with white and red stripes, which are held atop tall stems. Expect this variety to reach 60cm in height.
Red and white striped blooms of Hippeastrum ‘Clown’
Unlike other amaryllis, the eye-catching red and white veined flowers of H. papilio are held on several stems, rather than one. Will reach 50cm in height.
Wine-red, white-edged petals of a Hippeastrum papilio bloom
Hippeastrum ‘Red Lion’
Growing to an impressive 60cm, ‘Red Lion’ is surely one of the most impressive amaryllis varieties, with large, deep red trumpets.
Huge red trumpet flowers of Hippeastrum ‘Red Lion’
A much-coveted variety for its gentle, sweet scent, ‘Amputo’ has handsome white flowers, similar to lilies. Can reach 45-60cm.
Lily-like, white flowers of Hippeastrum ‘Amputo’
Hippeastrum ‘Apple Blossom’
So called because of its pink-tinged petals, ‘Apple Blossom’ is one of the more delicate amaryllis varieties. Will grow to 40-60cm in height.
Pink and white striped flowers of Hippeastrum ‘Apple Blossom’
Like ‘Chico’, ‘Sumatra’ is a dazzling example of the cybister amaryllis varieties, which are characterised by their slender petals. This variety will grow to 40cm.
Slender, peachy green petals of Hippeastrum ‘Sumatra’ flowers
A superb double variety, ‘Alfresco’ has pure white flowers with an apple-green throat, and will reach 60cm in height.
Double white flowers of Hippeastrum ‘Alfresco’
Hippeastrum ‘Exotic Star’
The lovely raspberry-coloured veins of ‘Exotic Star’ are not to be missed. Expect the scape to reach 50-60cm in height.
Crimson and cream striped flowers of Hippeastrum ‘Exotic Star’
Hippeastrum ‘Black Pearl’
The deep maroon coloured flowers of ‘Black Pearl’ are unmistakeable, and have a silky look when light catches them. Grows to 60cm in height.
Silky, deep maroon flowers of Hippeastrum ‘Black Pearl’
Amaryllis perform best if sat tightly in their containers, so choose one that allows a couple of centimetres of compost around the bulb.