Shade tolerant amaryllids

Lee Poulsen
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:52:20 PST
On Feb 5, 2013, at 10:52 AM, Mark BROWN wrote:
> Proiphys cunninghamii I really think is beautiful!! Where can I get it?

P. cunninghamii seems to only be available from nice Australians, like Steven Hart, who offer them to others. However, Proiphys amboinensis (sometimes listed as Eurycles), which I think is more tropical, but should do fine inside, is available commercially from a number of Thai growers, several of whom sell it on eBay for a good price and will ship almost everywhere in the world. I really like Hymenocallis eucharidifolia, which prefers at least some shade and has much nicer foliage *and* flowers than your average Hymenocallis. And don't forget the entire Griffinia genus. All the commonly available  species prefer shade, are small plants, and have wonderful purple (with some white) flowers. Some have leaves with white spots that are attractive when out of bloom. (There is an unpublished Griffinia covered with pink spots that is really attractive!) The somewhat related Eithea blumenavia will also grow where Griffinia grow. And there are several Hippeastrum which grow in wooded areas, such as H. reticulatum var. striatifolium. I haven't checked, but I bet there are a few species in the Andean Amaryllid clade that will grow and flower in shady areas. Pamianthe peruviana, that others have mentioned, is a wonderful example. (Beautiful, scented flowers.)

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a
Latitude 34°N, Altitude 1150 ft/350 m

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