strongly scented amaryllis?

Diane Whitehead
Thu, 17 Nov 2005 11:01:19 PST
I was looking over amaryllis bulbs at a garden shop, and the label of 
one double red and white one said it was "lightly fragrant".  I had 
never had a scented one before, and was about to buy it when the 
clerk said they had specially ordered only lightly or unscented ones 
because the others were too strongly scented for indoors.  She had 
personal experience of this, a long time ago.  I said I had found 
only paperwhite narcissus and tuberoses to be too heavily scented 
indoors, thinking maybe she had mis-identified the offending flowers.

I know there is a white-flowered scented Hippeastrum species, but 
what about the  hybrid Amaryllis that are sold for winter bloom in 
the house?  I've grown them every year, and have never had a scented 
one, but have never been able to afford to grow more than a couple of 
types per year.  Are some of them strongly-enough scented that they 
would be offensive?

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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