Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)

Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae with about 90 species and more than 600 hybrids. Hippeastrum is native to tropical regions of the Mexico, Caribbean, and South America. Hippeastrum is perennial herbaceous bulbous plant often commonly, but incorrectly known as amaryllis.

Name meaning:

The name “hippeastrum” is a combination of the Greek words for “horse” (hippeus) and “star” (astron), which means “horsemans star” or “knights star”, as the flowers have a star-like shape.

Hippeastrum symbolism:

Hippeastrum is a symbol of determination, beauty, and love.

Interesting facts about Hippeastrum:

A well-tended Hippeastrum can live for 75 years.

The toxic part of Hippeastrum is the bulb containing alkaloids which are toxic to pets and even for humans.

Hippeastrum was separated from genus Amaryllis in the early 19th century.
Both have similar shapes, though the Hippeastrum has a hollow stem.

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Hippeastrum comes in red, pink, salmon, orange, white, yellow and pale green colors.

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