Double flowered amaryllis
2006 Barnhoorn/Hippeastrum Breeding BV. A mid-sized white double. This was gotten by purchasing the single white form 'Swan Lake.'
'Alasca' can be imperfectly formed, with much in the way of distorted sexual parts. Hadeco, 1999. A South African bred hybrid, and one of the best double types out there. Emaryllis isn't especially enamored of double amaryllises, but his one really impresses. Miyake, 1994. Big, informal double white with red dots, streaks and picotee. A willing bloomer, but the sheer size and large number of narrow tepals can't always be supported by the pedicels...so expect nodding. Short, sturdy scapes seen so far. Registered as ‘Arnym’ 2009. A Nieuwkerk introduction that follows along with the formula seen in many of his recent hybrids of the 'Nymph' series. 'Arctic Nymph' displays huge flowers on short, strong stems. Individual flowers are just that...individual; no two exactly alike. There are some markings of rose to be found when grown in good light. A limited release by Hadeco in 2010/2011. It seems they are testing the waters with this small and vibrant coral rose double. The color alone is quite unique among doubles, much less smaller doubles. It should be very well received.
Like many doubles, 'Ballerina' slowly stages the opening of individual flowers, for a drawn out show. Penning, 2012. Soft orange with creamy midribs look promising, but Emaryllis cannot rate this newcomer. Once I have bloomed it on a healthy bulb, I will do just that! Miyake, 1997. Lovely and fully double. Warm rose red and soft white combination (the red will be stronger grown in bright light), with a hint of fragrance that is simultaneously sweet and musty or soapy. Flowers start more or less upright, and never sag like some others in this class. This clone will probably hold up well to the competition for years to come. A modern classic among doubles. Registered as ‘Chernym’ by Nieuwkerk 2004. A fully double red, by way of many short, pointed tepals. Only a few remnant filaments and such can be found on this chunky flower. With less experience growing doubles, Emaryllis is shy about proclamations, but this seems to indicate that double cultivars are really coming into their own, with higher standards being applied. While not graceful, it is impressive in its sturdiness. 1999, Penning. A shaggy affair in white with much streaking of red-orange. Informal, with many partial or full anthers and filaments. 2005 Berbee Amarylliscultures. A medium sized double (that's still pretty big in this league!) with rich red, pointed tepals. Variable white stripes are minimal, and usually on the mid-vein. Distorted sexual parts usually apparent. The more pointed tepals differentiate it from the 'Nymph' series and from 'Red Peacock.' Fa J.L. van Velden, 2006. A somewhat formal double, with spoon shaped tepals that give it a camellia-esque look. The flowers are held nicely upright (the angle from which most are appreciated by onlookers) and they are more true red than many others. First rate. Registered 1990. Big, but light and loose at the same time. It doesn't tend to weigh down its own scape...a real plus. White with red picotee edging, and variable flecking, flushing and splashing that is artistically rendered. A cherry red eye adds flair to the well-balanced presentation. Stapoflor Lda., 2007. A clean, sturdy double of pure white with raspberry markings concentrated toward the center. A very good picotee edge perfectly frames a very fine selection. 2009, Miyake Nursery LTD. One of the most striking bicolors thus far, and another great clone brought from the breeding program in Japan. Hadeco, 1998. A smaller plant, quick and easy to force, and more delicate in form than many doubles. Closer to nasturtium orange than to red, with some light banding resultant of remnant filaments. Which brings us to the ouch. Better planted in groups (even small bulbs produce more than 2 scapes) so as not to focus on the individual flowers. The lightly substanced blooms have twists and undulations that make a nice sight across the room. Just don't get too close. As they say, good from afar, but far from good ;-) A Hadeco introduction first sold in the USA in 2011. Sturdy scapes bear about 4 well proportioned warm pink-over-white blooms. Distorted tepals and remnant anthers are frequent on this one, reminding of older doubles...except that these do not overweight the peduncles and are held nicely outward. Miyake, 2002. Not as floppy as some other similar doubles (read: smaller), but not as fully double as some of the newer selections. A balanced presentation overall. A Hadeco double that has some of the characteristics of form shared by stablemate ‘Zombie.’ This one white with red picotee and light brush-marks. Miyake Nursery, 1995. Sure, you can fault 'Jewel' for being outclassed by numerous, more truly double white amaryllises. For Emaryllis, though, this one is the cat's meow! Waxy, semi-trumpet shaped blooms with smooth-edged, pointed tepals featuring a distorted extra tepal or three. That saucy, black-cherry eye in the center can still peek out. Another bonus...close inspection will reward the nose with a light, clean fragrance! Not being a big fan of the doubles, about the only thing that would improve 'Jewel' would be to have it as a nice, clean single. The plant is reluctant to go to bed; it seems to only require a brief pause in autumn, then it's ready to put up scapes. For this reason, it is sometimes found sprouting out upon purchase. Emaryllis isn't crazy for doubles, but this Hadeco introduction from 1999 is really nice. It is most similar to the Dutch 'Elvas' but with more numerous flowers per scape. The beautifully marked buds open to a clean double of fairly tight form. An older double, 'Lady Jane' has pointed tepals of salmon orange and white. It is fairly consistent, and like many doubles, exhibits a long gap between the opening of the first and last flowers on each scape. Apparently originally named 'Judy Weston.' Eventually registered with Stichting in 2000. Erroneously sold as ‘Madrid’ here in the USA once upon a time. 2011, Penning Breeding BV. A big, clean white double that is slightly informal. Penning, 2012. Beautifully formed double with rounded, camellia-like tepals. Deep orange with salmon background coloration and sturdy scapes add up to a formal presentation. Top notch new introduction. It appears that Penning has not thrown up the white flag to Nieuwkerk’s line-up of fine double forms. 1995, Fa. G. van Staalduinen & Zn, from American breeder John Deme. A jazzy color combination on a not-so-perfect double. Crimson red and white with a notable black cherry eye. Like 'Jewel' it seems to have some great attributes, that would be better presented as a single flower. The deformation of the flower's sexual parts into "petals" is incomplete, leaving many messy fragments in the center of the flower. A Hadeco introduction. Looser and perhaps a wee bit smaller than 'Alfresco' and with more green in the center. Well regarded thus far, but all blooms have been on poorly established bulbs...which seem willing to a fault. 2008, Hadeco. A Hadeco double, in brilliant orange-red. Miyake Nursery LTD, 2009 registry in the Netherlands. A standard red double that doesn’t stand out well as some of the of the Miyake crosses do. 2007, Amaryl C.V. I dare say...with that shag hairdo, 'Residence' is one of the most exciting forms in double amaryllis so far. A 'thumbs up' from Emaryllis. A double that isn't overweighted, and the opening buds are distinctive and beautiful before the tepals begin to arch back. Also known as ‘Double Merengue.’ You know the drill, Emaryllis thinks that many double flowers are the fussy poodles of the plant world. This Hadeco selection offers some pretty jazzy contrast of mostly red, with sparks and flashes of white toward the center...a better red to balance the white than is seen with 'Stars 'n Stripes.' Barnhoorn/Hadeco. U.S. Patent # 10,373 issued 1998. A cross between ‘Double Beauty’ and ‘Safari.’ An informal rose pink. Hadeco, 1998. A loosely formed frilled white double with undulated, pointed tepals. Not very full normally, and often less than 4 flowers per scape. At its best very lovely and poised, not overweighted. An occasional tendency to show some reddish pigmented lines can detract when grown in very bright light. Like many doubles, flowers may open over a long period rather than all at once. An attention-grabbing double for sure. Many narrow, pointed tepals of vibrant red and white threaten to subdue every other amaryllis blooming at the same time! Flowers are big (as most doubles are) and bud counts are very good. A winner for chasing away the winter blahs... What's good about 'Stars 'n Stripes?' It is fully double AND it manages to hold its flowers upright despite their weight. Dark vermilion with white markings, a Hadeco introduction. A strong grower as well. A very informal hybrid, with intact sexual parts and uneven doubling. In spite of what seem to be imperfections, the size, special coloration and productivity give 'Sweet Nymph' high marks here at Emaryllis.com. A smaller Hadeco double. Informal and hard to judge, as the bulb here was not well established. So far, it does not seem like a great bet. Should you choose to gamble on a bulb...may the odds be ever in your favor. 2001,Nieuwkerk hybrid. This one one of the earliest all white double selections, and despite some flaws, remains deservedly popular. The prevalence of scattered, fully to partly formed anthers and occasional reddish colors around them makes each bloom quite messy and variable. The first I ever grew produced 6 flowers, all were of moderate size and borne on short, strong pedicels. The effect was that of a bouquet on a sturdy stick. So, no real need to focus on the individual flowers, as the presentation is the winning ticket here. Nieuwkerk's newer white doubles will doubtless continue to improve on the overall characteristics of this stalwart clone. It should be noted that the name ‘White Nymph’ is a trademark, and the actual cultivar name is ‘Whinym.’ Hadeco introduction. Fully double (usually) flowers of soft coral orange and creamy white. Flowers weakly held, and nodding a good bit. Willing to produce from small bulbs, it's most noteworthy selling point.