Hippeastrum


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Hippeastrum

 

a genus of bulbaceous, herbaceous perennial plants of the Amaryllidaceae family. There are about 75 subtropical and tropical American species that are raised everywhere (frequently under the name “amaryllis”) as house plants and in hothouses. In the south they are raised on open soil. They are plants with long ribbon-like or belt-like leaves and large funnel-shaped or bell-shaped flowers of various colors set on high floral shoots. The ribbon Hippeastrum (H. vittatum) and the tall Hippeastrum (H. procerum) are among the species raised in the USSR.

REFERENCE

Dictionary of Gardening, 2nd ed., vol. 2. Oxford, 1956.

M. E. KIRPICHNIKOV

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