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The big family of the Amaryllidaceae

How big is the Amaryllidaceae Family?
The Amaryllidaceae is a family of about 870 species in around 50 genera of bulbous or rhizomatous (Clivia, Cryptostephanus andScadoxus) perennial herbs, with alternate strap-shaped leaves which may be semi-succulent. The bulbs and rhyzomes may also be thought of as succulent storage organs, enabling these plants to survive dry seasons. Continue reading The big family of the Amaryllidaceae

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The breathtaking Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii is a breathtaking plant, especially on a dull autumn day.
Nerines are South African bulbs, widely planted in warmer regions for their late display of rich pink flowers. They work well in a mixed herbaceous border and make an excellent cut flower. They bear striking sprays of lily-like flowers with recurved petals on erect leafless stems. Continue reading The breathtaking Nerine bowdenii

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The Amaryllis are actually in the Hippeastrum family

The Common Names for the Amaryllis : Many bulbs referred to as amaryllis are actually in the Hippeastrum family. The two families of bulbs have many similarities, both in looks and in growing habits. Hippeastrum are native to South Africa while amaryllis bulbs come from South America. True amaryllis bulbs often naturalize in outdoor locations, but Hippeastrum varieties are usually grown indoors in pots. Continue reading The Amaryllis are actually in the Hippeastrum family