Hippeastrum X johnsonii in New Orleans

Cynthia Mueller c-mueller@tamu.edu
Fri, 29 Jul 2005 12:35:02 PDT
Mark recently wrote,

"In April I had to go to New Orleans for a wedding and got to see
Hippeastrum X johnsonii in full bloom all over the city....

However, I found that their idea of St. Joseph lily had 3 variations.  One
was the H. X johnsonii as it's sold commerically, a red flower with a
single thin white stripe on each tepal.  There was much less of this kind
in evidence than of the others.  Another variation had completely red
petals, while the third had much wider white stripes that shaded to green
where the tepals come together."

Mark: I believe the variation that had almost completely red petals was probably "Amaryllis" or Hippeastrum Ackermanii, another old favorite hybrid.  They are also found in Central Texas.  There's a nice image of it on the Plant Delights website, where Tony says they are a hybrid between H. aulicum and H. x johnsonii.  It's hard to say anything definitive about the variant with broader stripes without a picture.

Cynthia Mueller
College Station, TX

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