Symbolism of the Amaryllis Flower!
Although taxonomists and botanists may quibble over what exact species are amaryllises, the symbolism hasn’t changed much in centuries.
- In antiquity, amaryllis symbolizes the blood of the love-struck nymph Amaryllis.
- For the Victorian gentlemen, an amaryllis means a strong, self-confident and very beautiful woman.
- A star-shaped or trumpet-shaped amaryllis also symbolizes pride.
Amaryllis Flower Facts
These spectacular flowers also have a few spectacular facts:
- Not all of the flowers known as amaryllis in nurseries and florists are considered true amaryllises by botanists. The other flowers are in the genus Hippeastrum.
- Other common names for amaryllises are naked ladies and belladonna lilies.
- An amaryllis bulb can live up to 75 years.
- Amaryllises are distantly related to lilies, which explain why many are shaped like lilies.
- Some species of amaryllis grow flowers up to six inches in diameter.
- Amaryllis flowers can attract carpenter bees. Bees are needed by the flowers for pollination.
- Red amaryllises are often sold as alternatives to poinsettias around Christmastime.