Cerise (pink) Double hippeastrum

Rodger Whitlock totototo@telus.net
Fri, 14 Oct 2005 14:47:33 PDT
On 14 Oct 05 at 21:34, Ronald Redding wrote:

> I have managed to breed a hybrid pink double hippeastrum, more
> by chance than good management. I was wondering if anyone else
> has seen any of these in any other colours (double hippy's).
> This flower is so beautiful I almost cry when I look at it.

When the big florists' amaryllises come into the garden centers 
in late fall, there are always a number of double cultivars 
amongst them. IOW, they're not unheard-of.

I haven't taken notes on what's been available, so can't give 
you any further particulars.

While I'm on the subject, I should mention that unlike, say 
crocuses, where the selection is boringly the same from year to 
year, each year the selection of amaryllis cultivars changes. 
There must be a huge number of cultivars and only a relatively 
small number are put into cultivation each year.

Footnote: yes, I know I have committed a grave nomenclatural 
sin, but English "amaryllis" equals botanical Latin 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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