Hippeastrum papilio

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 08:12:25 PST
Hippeastrum papilio is an interesting plant.  It, like some other species 
of Hippeastrum, seems to do better with a rest period in summer.  These 
include, besides papilio and/or some of its hybrids, Hippe. mandonii, from 
Peru or Bolivia, and aulicum.  They don't have to lose all their leaves, 
just stop growing for a month or so.

Mine suffer a fair amount of neglect most years, and they so they bloom 
only occasionally.  Too bad....

Another oddity is that my "species" papilio is not fertile with other 
clones of the same species, but most of my [other species x papilio] 
hybrids are fertile.  I even have (or had) some seedlings of Hippe. 
[mandonii x papilio] F2 generation growing.

Jim Shields

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Lat. 40° 02.8' N, Long. 086° 06.6' W

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