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Amaryllis Beladona or Hesperanthus

I am not sure which these are and was hoping someone could identify them for me. imageimageimageimage


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060

    Definitely Amaryllis ; Hesperanthus is an alternative name for Schizostylis , or Kaffir Lily , a commonly grown garden plant fro S.Africa .

  • Thankyou Paul. I was confused because someone told me it had to be Hesperanthus becaus Amaryllis flower before the leaves appear. I've had Amaryllis flower after leaf growrh I am sure, although leaves on this have been there since I was given it last year. Kept in the cold greenhouse. 

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    Any chance you can photograph your whole plant with all the leaf tips? If your leaves are slightly pointed, Paul B3 is right. They are not likely Hesperanthus because the leaves look quite wide and thick. However, if your leaves are very thick and shiny and the tips are rounded, there is a small possibility they are Clivias instead of Amaryllis, but I think Pau B3 is correct. The leaves fit for Amaryllis.

    I could be wrong, but the flowers coming up before leaves are when plants are grown outdoors. 

  • It's in a four inch pot..and the flower stands about  18 inches friom soil level with leaves 8 inch long by just over half inch wide. image

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    Thanks for that picture. It's definitely not Hesperantha. Much more Amaryllis/Hippeastrum. The leaves fit and the flowers fit. Hopefully others will help to identify.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060

    Clivia miniata leaves are much broader , usually a darker green with rounded tips . The flower spikes are shorter too .

  • Hurray!!! I've found out at last what it is. It's Cyrtanthus elatus. AKA Scarborough Lily. It is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family according to the RHS website. 

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060


    I ought to have known thatimage ; years ago I grew it under its old name of Vallota speciosa !! Doubleimageimage

  • Is there any wonder Paul, that we get confused when they keep changing the names.image

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