Hymenocallis occidentalis (Amaryllidaceae) is reported to have ranged north of the Ohio River into southern Illinois, Indiana, and perhaps Ohio. Bulbs are hardy in Indiana. The sword-like gray-green foliage emerges in late spring and may die down in later summer in dry weather. The flowers appear in late summer or autumn. The 6 to 8 brilliant white blooms are up to 7 inches across from petal-tip to petal-tip. The staminal cup is about 2 inches in diameter. The scape (bloom stalk) is 18 inches to 3 feet in height. The species is said to prefer moist areas in partial shade.
I would appreciate hearing from you if you grow this or related species in a northern climate. Jim Shields, email@example.com
Hippeastrum x-johnsonii is said to be quite hardy in cold climates. Have you grown it successfully outdoors, in the ground, in a colder climate (i.e. USDA zone 7 or colder)? If so, we want to hear from you. E-mail to Jim Shields, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last updated 27 January 2003
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