Amaryllis, also known as Hippeastrum, originally comes from Central America and the Caribbean. The name Amaryllis comes from the Greek word ‘amarussein’, what means sparkling. This beautiful flower is part of the Daffodil family, and like the whole family, it grows from a flower bulb.
There are several stories about how the Amaryllis got its name. The best known is a story out of the Greek mythology. A girl named Amaryllis was so in love with a sheep shepherd that she injured herself on purpose with an arrow. She did this because of Alteo; the shepherd only had eye for flowers. At the spot where her blood touched the ground a beautiful flower grew, and this flower was called Amaryllis. The name Hippeastrum means ‘knight star’, Hippie means knight and Astron means star in Greek. The name is probably a reference to the shape of the flowers of the plant.
Amaryllis symbolizes pride, beauty, and purity. This is the perfect flower for the holidays.
Colors, Availability, and Design Suggestions
Although Amaryllis, on a small scale, is year-round available. The peak of this flower is in the autumn and winter months. Everybody knows the red Amaryllis, but there are a lot more colors, for example, striped white-green, salmon, white, green, pink and orange. What a beauty, different shades of Amaryllis in one bouquet.
- Amaryllis, Ilex branches, and Eucalyptus.
- Amaryllis, Rose, Trachelium, Salal, and Lisianthus (Eustoma).
- Amaryllis, Lilac, Ranunculus, Viburnum, and Leucadendron.
Check the flowers when you
receive them, inspect the flowers for any damage. Cut the stems and put them in
For designers: use a high vase because of the long stems. Are the stems hollow? Then you can place a stick in the stem to support the flowers.