Fragrant Amaryllis

Aad van Beek via pbs
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:22:07 PST
I consider 'the most fragrant of all Amaryllis" a nice sales text for Hippeastrum 'Picasso' but not at all true. Almost all Picasso I have grown have a light fragrance but only noticeable when you go sniffing near the flower. I can name a dozen other cultivars that have more fragrance.


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Subject: [pbs] Fragrant Amaryllis

I recently purchased Amaryllis ‘Picasso’ from Scheepers - billed as “the most fragrant of all Amaryllis” - it send up three vigorous stalks, bloomed beautifully, but there is absolutely zero fragrance. 

I tried detecting it at all times of day.  (My sense of smell is good, so …) nothing. 

When I emailed Shceepers they assured me that I received the correct product.  I know some of the papillo strains are said to be fragrant, and of course A. belladonna. But I was counting on a fragrant bloom from A. ‘Picasso". 

Anyone have any similar experience with Amaryllis ? 

Fred Bové
San Francisco CA
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