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EUCHARIS x grandiflora

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Family

Amaryllidaceae

Botanical Name

EUCHARIS x grandiflora

Plant Common Name

Amazon Lily, Hybrid Eucharist Lily

General Description

Glorious in foliage and in blossom, this bulbous perennial from moist forests of northwestern South America is renowned for its fragrant white flowers and broad evergreen leaves.

The glossy, dark green, hosta-like leaves of this tender perennial arise from a large, shallow-growing, tunic-covered bulb. Clusters of two to six nodding, sweet-scented white flowers are borne on leafless stalks ("scapes") in late spring or summer, and again at other seasons if warmth and moisture are sufficient. The flowers have six rounded, spreading segments surrounding a large central cup formed by the fused, flattened bases of the six stamens. The flowers are sterile, producing no seed.

Amazon lily thrives in full sun to partial shade, high humidity, and warm summers. It makes a wonderful ground-covering landscape plant for frost-free gardens, and an excellent container plant for other areas. Containerized plants can be reluctant to flower, sometimes benefiting from a cool dryish winter rest. Watch for mealybugs and slugs. This Eucharis is often confused in cultivation with E. amazonica, which has taller scapes and a much deeper floral cup.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Winter, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No