The Amaryllis Family: Hippeastrum intiflorum

Hippeastrum intiflorum (c) Douglas Westfall.  All rights reserved.  Used with permission. Notes and photos by Doug Westfall: Hippeastrum "intiflorum" means "flower of the Sun" in the Quechua language. The bulb is native to the Province of Quispicanchis of the Department of Cusco, of Cusco, Peru above 2,500 m. (ca. 8000 ft.) The bulb responds well in "typical" Hippeastrum soil mix. While the bulb probably has a significant amount of shade in its natural setting, it grows very well in bright light. Plant in a two to five gallon container. Plant with the tip of the bulb at the surface of the planting mix.
    --    Doug Westfall

The red flower has a black-red center. The plant is probably summer growing. It may experience frost or even snow in winter.

Hippeastrum intiflorum
Photo copyright 2003 by Douglas Westfall.
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