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HIPPEASTRUM 'Rilona'

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Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Botanical Name

HIPPEASTRUM 'Rilona'

Plant Common Name

Florist Amaryllis, Hippeastrum, Rilona Hippeastrum

General Description

A favorite since its introduction in 1962, this elegant beauty bears large flowers of a deep shrimp-pink. Don't let the common name fool you: like most so-called "amaryllis," this tender perennial bulb is a hybrid of the South American Hippeastrum rather than the South African Amaryllis.

The dark to medium green strap-like leaves grow from a large bulb and are nearly evergreen in moist frost-free climates. The funnel-shaped, horizontal to somewhat nodding blooms are borne atop stout, leafless, knee-high stems ("scapes") in four- to six-flowered clusters. Mature bulbs typically produce two or three scapes at a time. Blooming usually occurs in spring or summer, though purchased bulbs are conditioned to flower in winter. The flowers are followed by large lobed seed capsules.

Hybrid Hippeastrum bulbs are easily obtained in late summer and fall from mail-order bulb catalogs and garden centers. If grown in a sunny window and provided average moisture, they will flower within weeks of planting but may flower at other seasons in subsequent years. Containerized bulbs should be planted in a porous, moderately fertile potting mix with their "shoulders" exposed. Giving potted bulbs a dry rest in late summer will encourage winter bloom. Repot the bulbs only when their vigor wanes. Hippeastrum are great garden plants in frost-free climates. They thrive in full to partial sun and well-drained, humus-rich soil. Although usually planted near the soil's surface, they can also be planted a bit deeper, especially where light frost may occur. Watch for streaked or stunted leaves with white spots, which may signal the presence of a viral disease or mealybugs.

Grow these bold bulbs in tropical beds and planters or as beautiful holiday potted plants for table displays.

Characteristics

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Hot Pink, Salmon

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No