Eithea blumenavia

Robert Lauf via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:17:51 PDT
I recently got a nice starter collection of Amaryllid species from Telos, among which was "Hippeastrum blumenavium", which came with the caveat that the bulbs are small.  No kidding, compared to large Hippeastrum species and hybrids.  But it almost immediately put up a bloom (attached) and a delightful thing it is!
As with many of the plants we grow, this fine creature has taken the scenic tour of Taxonomy Hell, being placed in Griffinia, then Hippeastrum, and now Eithea (at least according to the PBS wiki).  Despite all the "You say to-MAY-to, I say to-MAH-to", it's a great little plant and I hope to work it into my breeding program.  If anyone has done any hybridization with this thing, I'd love to know about it.
Bob    Zone 7, officially 31 in town for a few hours last night, probably a few degrees warmer up here on the ridge
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