Jacobean Lily, Aztec Lily
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers
Mexican native often sold as Amaryllis formosissima. Foliage looks like that of daffodil (Narcissus), but each 1-ft.-high stem is topped with a dark red, 6-in.-wide bloom resembling an orchid, with three erect upper segments and three drooping lower ones that are united at their bases (near the flower’s center) to form a tube. Bloom comes primarily in early summer.
Where bulbs are hardy, plant them in fall, setting them 3–4 in. deep and 8 in. apart in good, well-drained soil. They look most effective in groups. Display increases if plants are left undisturbed for several years. Where winters are cold, set out bulbs in spring; lift plants in fall when foliage yellows and store in a cool, dark, dry place over winter (leave the dry tops on). Or grow in pots like amaryllis (Hippeastrum); repot every 3 to 4 years. In mild climates, foliage may be evergreen and the plant may blossom several times a year if you can give it a dry period after flowering, then resume regular watering to trigger a new growth cycle.
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