Amaryllis hippeastrum are sold near the holidays because of their ability to flower any time of year.
It is a tender bulb that originates from South America. Its cousin, the belladonna lily — or as we affectionately call it in Kentucky, “Naked Ladies,” or a nicer version, “Resurrection Lily” — is also an amaryllis, which is native to South Africa.
Obviously, the version we grow called “Naked Ladies” is hardy, but sadly, the larger-flowered amaryllis is not.
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