Cyrtanthus elatus

Matt Mattus
Mon, 13 Dec 2004 19:31:58 PST
Hi all
I have a question for a few of you who attended the IBS Bulb Symposium that
was held a few years ago at the Huntington Botanical Garden in Pasadena, CA.
(I know that Jim, Shields and Lee Poulson, John Ingram, and maybe even you
May Sue we're there). Maybe you can help me.

At the bulb auction, I bid on a number of seedling bulbs of Cyrtanthus, most
we're labled Cyrtanthus elatus hybrids. A couple we're labled Cyrtanthus
elatus x eucallis and C. elatus x. purpurea. Anyway, I have two large plants
that are  labled C. elatus Hybrid, and both are starting to bloom.

At first, I was thrilled because I expected them to look like C. elatus but
instead, the blossoms are dangling,bright red, and really quite stunning,
but they don't look like any cyrtanthus that I know. I never have grown C
elatus, so maybe these are infact elatus, but I can't find any picture on
line that looks like them.

May Sue, you may have to help me post the pictures on the Wiki, but I  lost
the sheet that you sent me a couple years ago on how to do it, perhaps you
could send it again.

My real question is if anyone else purchased any of these seedlings three
years ago? I would like to identify these beauties.

Many thanks


On 12/13/04 8:55 PM, "Hans-Werner Hammen" <> wrote:

>         Dear Mary Sue
> Thank you very much for welcoming me and for your explanations on the
> subject "theft of images"
>         and hello everybody
> I am Hans-Werner Hammen. I am biologist and 47 years old. I am living in
> Duesseldorf, West Germany, climatic zone 7.
> My favourite subject is the plant family of Amaryllidaceae and in particular
> the gardeners amaryllis. As I am not having an own garden I grow my plants
> at home (under fluorescent and HP metal halide lamps). I am now having the
> last 8 years' experience in cultivating and propagating amaryllis from seeds
> and I am more hungry than ever of informations on this subject and in
> particular in strategies of hippeastrum breeding.
> I confess that I am putting rather big hope in this forum to meet seriously
> interested (amateur)breeders of amaryllis as I am. I can say clearly that I
> like very much to share my experiences with the members - for me, having
> "secrets" as an amateur is something like a funny imagination. On the other
> side, the actual subject of stolen images makes me reflect a little bit on
> this view. But... for the last my heart is full with amaryllis and with
> details about it, respectively, and therefore I have certainly much
> interesting things to tell about the subject.
> Actually my target of interest is breeding with species and cultivars within
> the Omphalissa group of Hippeastrum. I am in this moment waiting for the
> results of crossbreedings of  H. alicum v.robustum, H.papilio, H.cyb.Hybrid
> "Chico" with each other and as far as possible with tetraploid hybrids, too.
> In  general I am now following the "trend" in hippeastrum breeding and
> raising mainly diploid (and triploid) seedlings.
> Kindest regards and best wishes to all members of the Pacific Bulb Society
> ....and adding my personal wish of fruitful information exchange
> Hans-Werner
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