- SUN EXPOSURE
Subtropical South America
Due to plant naming confusion that goes back to the time of Linnaeus, what is sold as Amaryllis is actually Hippeastrum. Amaryllis and Hippeastrum were once thought to be the same plant, but there's one big difference- true Amaryllis comes from South Africa, whereas Hippeastrum comes from South America. Native to the grassy and drier highlands and plains of South America, Hippeastrum makes 1-5 blooms on one flower spike! The leaves stay green and continue to harvest energy after flowering until the dry season when it dies back. Leave the leaves on, and place in a sunny window for maximum bloomage. Not pet-friendly. The 'White Denver' variety is a hybrid that was bred to have bright white blooms.