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  •  How great to see these pink flowers (5+ / 0-)

    growing in a northerly climate. Evidently the Lycoris tolerates winter cold and summer water.

    The name Naked Lady is most commonly applied to Amaryllis belladonna, which resembles Lycoris and has a similar fragrance and growth habit. But interestingly, the Lycoris originated in Asia while the Amaryllis comes from the west coast of South Africa.

    The Amaryllis is perfectly happy in the wet-dry, mild climate of coastal California, a climate similar to its homeland. It grows with absolutely no care, depending only on the rainy-season water.

    Both plants are in the Amaryllis family, but only Amaryllis belladonna actually is given the genus name of Amaryllis. The so-called Amaryllis grown by florists and flowering indoors is actually of the genus Hippeastrum, also in the Amaryllis family. It has no fragrance.

    Then there is the Zephyranthes (flower of the west wind), a small plant with a flower resembling a crocus, which has similar habits to the Amaryllis and similar fragrance.

    The Amaryllis apparently will not tolerate much weather below freezing and doesn't like summer watering, so its distribution is limited. That's great to know that flowers so similar can be grown in northerly climates. However, since they are not terribly hardy, it might be advisable to mulch them if temperatures below zero are expected.

    Here's the best site I have found for information on these plants:

    It's fascinating how these related plants have originated in such different parts of the world.


    For the first time in human history, we possess both the means for destroying all life on Earth or realizing a paradise on the planet--Michio Kaku.

    by psyched on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 02:17:40 PM PDT

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