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Amaryllis Hybrid Red Flower - "St. Joseph’s Lily"

posted by Daniel Arrhakis alias Daniel Arrhakis on Sunday 26th of March 2017 10:05:11 AM

Amaryllis Hybrid Red Flower - "St. Joseph’s Lily" by Daniel Arrhakis (2017) The variety Hippeastrum x Johnsonii also known as "St. Joseph’s Lily" and "Hardy Amaryllis" or "Johnson’s Amaryllis". St. Joseph’s Lily is thought to be the first hybrid amaryllis ever produced. It was the result of a cross, between Hipeastrum reginae and Hipperastrum vittata preformed between 1799 and 1810 by Arthur Johnson, a watchmaker from Lanchshire County, England. Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae with about 70-90 species and 600+ hybrids and cultivars. The genus is native to tropical regions of the Caribbean, Mexico but mostly South America. There are two centers of diversity, one in eastern Brazil (origin of the genus) and the other in the central Andes along the Peru and Bolivia border (14-15°S and 68-70°W). Within this area, the highest concentration is in the Biogegráfica Province of Los Yungas Peruvian-Bolivian between 750-2800 m. Hippeastrum means "knight's star" from hippeus, meaning a horseman or knight. Herbert, who named the genus called it "knight's star lily". Because at one point it was part of the genus Amaryllis, these plants are still erroneously called Amaryllis. Thus Amaryllis L. is the correct name for the South African genus, not the South American genus (Hippeastrum). Originally from tropical lands like the Caribbean, South Africa or islands in the South Seas, "amaryllis" can be found all over the world, except in Antarctica. Grown from bulbs, each plant produces from two to five flowers which stay in bloom for about six weeks. The Greeks called these beautiful flowers Amarullis, which means “splendor” or “sparkling.” The word seems to come from a character in a popular poem by Virgil. The nymph Amaryllis had a dramatic way of declaring her love for a gardener named Alteo. She pierced her heart with a golden arrow at his door every day for one month. That’s why amaryillis flowers are often a deep red. Unfortunately, the gardener was unimpressed with Amaryillis’s bloodlettings and ignored her. The Romans, who often spoke Greek for informal occasions, borrowed the Greek word and turned into the Latin Amaryllis. Color symbolism for the amaryllis can also be applied to many other flowers: Red: Means passion, love and beauty. In China, red is a lucky color. Purple: Purple symbolizes not only royalty, but the spiritual side of life. Orange: Means good health and happiness. White: Means purity, femininity, children and innocence but also symbolize mourning for a loved one. Pink: Means Love and friendship for both genders and for people of all ages. Yellow: They are a symbol for happiness, luck and good times ahead. _______________________________________________ In Portugal we called these type of flowers Açucenas.


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