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