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That’s the amaryllis I bought? So you bought an amaryllis and it bloomed…that’s terrific! But wait, it doesn’t look like the picture on the label or catalog, or box kit, or….you get it, welcome to our world. Every season a substantial portion of amaryllis bulbs marketed are incorrectly labeled. This might not be such a big deal were it not for the fact that these are relatively expensive bulbs, which rightly raises the expectations for quality and labeling correctness.
The intent of this site is to photograph those Hippeastrum hybrids commercially available in the U.S. marketplace…maybe you can put a name on that mystery bulb that bloomed.
A note to longtime visitors, and newcomers as well:
If you have found this page, you know that things have changed. Unfortunately my previous web-host chose to discontinue the platform upon which my site editing depended. This resulted in the site essentially being ‘bricked’ starting December 10, 2012. I was informed that there was no way to simply transfer the site whole, and that regardless, all links to the site would be broken when and if the site was re-created. This led to a period of soul searching. Rebuilding from scratch is a monumental undertaking. Not being very tech savvy hasn’t helped matters! Talks with my new hosting company led to the suggestion to try to building on a WordPress framework, which is what you see now. I have a lot of learning to do, and doubtless there will be many errors made along the way. Next year will mark the 10th year of the inception of the site and purchasing of the (admittedly silly/cheeky) emaryllis.com domain name. I fully appreciate the number of visitors from The States that the site gets, but it is truly humbling to see the traffic that comes from countries the world over. Deleting the site just didn’t feel right, so here goes…again!
Thanks for finding your way (back) here
Bill aka Emaryllis
April 2013, a correction in the library:
Hippeastrum ‘Rio Grande’
Above is a photo of what had been posted erroneously as ‘Flamengo‘ here for some time. I hope this did not seriously harm anyone’s life, if so, my apologies. While photographing a specimen of ‘Tiramisu’ this month, I was reminded of my troubling discovery that it had been confusingly mixed with various trade photos of ‘Flamengo.’ I would have sworn the above had to be the “real” ‘Flamengo.’ Something kept gnawing at me. I searched again through my own photos, notes, and then the various Dutch registry and image sites.
What I had received as ‘Inca’ a few years back turns out to be neither of the aforementioned, thoroughly confused entities. As it would seem, there was a third, unconsidered possibility. This guy has similar coloration by the book to those two (they all sound the same in reading text descriptions), but the form is more distinctly butterfly-like. I am 99% sure what I actually lucked into is ‘Rio Grande,’ another of Fred Meyer’s crosses. Buying ‘Inca’ (which was never, ever provided) knowing it would be substituted, netted a surprise favorite. Perhaps someday, a grower will put some old bulbs of ‘Flamengo’ into the system, but today we welcome a new name (OK, a corrected name) to the library !
Below are highlights, new library entries, the latest and greatest switches and substitutes from the 2012/2013 season:
Penning’s newly registered ‘Mini Blossom,’ a well balanced miniature has entered the gallery. Bulb from Royal Colors.
The largest flowered of the three ‘Minis’ is ‘Mini Star’ which becomes the modern replacement for ‘Moviestar.’ From Royal Colors.
‘Mini Queen’ wasn’t exactly up to the expectations on first year bulbs, but the newly registered hybrid rounds out the Penning threesome offered by Royal Colors this season in a nice soft rose-orange shade.
Penning has debuted some noteworthy new doubles this season. ‘Nyora’ is among the finest double forms seen to date, with very rounded form and excellent presentation. While sibling ‘Benito’ is now in the library as well, conclusions on that one will have to wait. Bulb source: Royal Colors.
Not quite ready for prime time (in other words the photo library), but hopefully the third scape will yield better results. Fiësta became available through White Flower Farm (at a princely sum). While I initially thought it was going to be synonymous with ‘Daphne,’ it is unique. Too bad bulb performance has been below par, it looks like a potential winner.
Looking more like and update to ‘Floris Hekker’ than a challenger to the throne of ‘Red Lion,’ Penning’s ‘Red Rival’ is added to the photo library. Source: White Flower Farm.
Well, sometimes it just doesn’t pay to dip back into the well. A second bulb purchased as ‘Naughty Lady’ this time turns out to be ‘Lillystar,’ rather than the interesting ‘Belicia’ seen from the same supplier. It seems the Dutch wholesalers will lump a lot of smaller flowered red and white (orange and white will do) cultivars into a shipment under the ‘Naughty Lady’ moniker. See the library entry on ‘Voodoo’ for more on that subject. Supplier: Amaryllis Bulb Company.
The minis are coming! Three new miniatures are on offer this year. ‘Mini Blossom’ (left) and ‘Mini Star’ seen here with a flower of ‘Stargazer’ for scale. The orange ‘Mini Star’ is registered by Penning, so I imagine the others will be from the same breeder. ‘Mini Queen’ (not shown) has been the most reluctant of the lot, but library entries for all three of these will be made this season. Source: Royal Colors.
A nice surprise, I didn’t expect much from ‘Louise.’ A mid-sized flower of silky texture and light yellow coloration. What makes it stand out from some others in its color class is its ability to hold the yellow base color, all the way to the point of withering. Most others have long turned so pale they are white with green overtones by that point. Source: Royal Colors.
As promised: the third of three bulbs bought as ‘Exotic Peacock.’ Below we see that one was the correct cultivar, and another was single flowered ‘Monaco,’ and here we have ‘Blossom Peacock.’ I would say one for three indicates a pretty deplorable state of the amaryllis union! Source: K. van Bourgondien Wholesale.
Now, here’s one for the books. Buying ‘Naughty Lady’ has long been a risky venture. So, with the cameras rolling, and a scathing piece of Emaryllis-style ‘Gotcha! journalism’ in mind…here is what opened. This would be ‘Belicia,’ an obscure 2001 introduction that has never been marketed in North America, and as such, a real score! Once in a while, a gamble pays off. Source: Amaryllis Bulb Company.
File under O…M…G. After a disappearance of several years, the true ‘Green Goddess’ (first known as ‘Bianca’) is back!!! Usually I buy this one to see just how far from that cultivar the suppliers are willing to go in substitution. This season, they do the right thing, and an heirloom variety is once again on the market. Source: Amaryllis Bulb Company.
Please welcome ‘Caprice’ to the house! Registered by N.L. van Geest in 2006. The big backswept flowers are cooler in coloration, but could challenge the venerable ‘Apple Blossom’ in the big pastels category. Purchased from Royal Colors.
‘Spartacus’ (left) and ‘Superstar’ are the latest red-white bicolors to enter the library. The especially punchy color and patterning of ‘Spartacus’ (sold as ‘Starsong’ by WFF) is easing some of the sting of not being able to source ‘Pizzazz.’ ‘Superstar’ channels a cleaner, crepe textured update to the likes of ‘Clown’ and ‘Popov.’ Both bulbs sourced from Royal Colors.
At last! After 2 ‘Exotic Peacock’ bulbs from another supplier last season turned out to be ‘Blossom Peacock,’ this year at least one of three from K. van Bourgondien has opened true to form. You can bet the third bulb’s flower will be posted, regardless of what it turns out to be!
Adding to the levels of frustration this season, the bold ‘Monaco’ opened instead of what had been purchased as one of three bulbs of the double flowered ‘Exotic Peacock.’ This is so far off the mark, that I am truly confused. ‘Monaco’ wasn’t offered by K. van Bourgondien, so how did they end up selling it to me? One such bulb of the three is opening, and is correctly labeled…
the third has yet to identify itself!
‘Emanuelle’ is offered in Europe this season, and worldwide by Royal Colors. While the softly netted coral-over-cream flowers are more muted, they beg comparison to the more dramatic cultivars ‘Exotica,’ and ‘Apricot Parfait.’ No registration information has yet been found. Delicate for sure; an ‘Apple Blossom’ for those desiring warmer tones.
‘Violetta’ is a new offering this season, and it is not just another Dutch style pink. As with last year’s red red ‘Magnum,’ and true orangie orange ‘Souvenir,’ it is stunningly large. Not only that, it produces more than 4 flowers per scape. A bold new variety that insists that the big, flat Dutch forms are proudly here to stay. Source: Royal Colors.
Thus far, Emaryllis has never seen ‘Pink Nymph’ in person. This is the second season that ‘Sweet Nymph’ (which is probably nicer anyway) has been used in its place, it was the red ‘Cherry Nymph’ the season before that. This year the supplier is McClure & Zimmerman. Obviously there is a production problem with ‘Pink Nymph’ in The Netherlands. So why keep offering it?
As was the case last season, ‘Rapido’ is the red mini sold in place of the rosy ‘Donau’ which seems to be more available in Europe…but I keep trying! All three bulbs from Wooden Shoe Bulb Farm were ‘Rapido,’ so it is not an accidental switch, but shady marketing on someone’s part
What the…? Pictured are two of three bulbs purchased as ‘Milady.’ The opening magenta pink flower on the left is the correct Hadeco cultivar, but the other two bulbs opened to the warm rose tints of ‘Summertime.’ Since both are grown in South Africa, and the U.S. supplier doesn’t even offer ‘Summertime,’ it seems the problem occurred at the grower’s facilities. Bulb source: KvB Wholesale.
Confession: I fully expected ‘Pizzazz’ to be substituted. Still, the fact that its name and fetching image are still used to entice unwary buyers bears calling out. While Hadeco could ship other striped cultivars, this time it is ‘Cocktail’ doing double duty. On the upside, the bulbs themselves were very healthy and performed better than I have experienced with ‘Cocktail’ in the past. Source: KvB
Lest you think that Emaryllis is picking on KvB Wholesale (they have new owners, so let’s let them settle in), this Hadeco double white cultivar was supplied correct to name! The variety is new to Emaryllis.com, and features frilly flowers held proudly outward.
Uh, oh dear readers. Our first flowering of the season and we have ourselves an unrequested substitute. Purchased as ‘Baby Star’ (3 bulbs mind you!), our familiar frenemy ‘Lillystar’ is what showed up in its place. It is orange, with pointed petals, with no center markings, unlike the red ‘Baby Star.’ This clone may become the de-facto ‘Baby Star’ over time, even some stock photos now feature an image of the unregistered ‘Lillystar’ for advertising/promotion. Source; K. van Bourgondien Wholesale.