Hippeastrum ‘Elvas’, new to me this year, is the third of my amaryllises to bloom this winter. This is the first double-flowered amaryllis I’ve grown. ‘Elvas’ is small, growing only to a foot high, with flowers about five inches wide. Mine did not produce any leaves before sending up its flower stalk, which holds four blooms. I think another flower stalk is on its way. This tip seems too thick for a leaf:Time will tell.
The flower’s background is white to pale pink, with raspberry speckles and striations throughout, and narrow picotee edging. There’s a nice ruffled whorl of petals in the center, emerging from an apple-green throat. Some of the petals have a touch of green on their tips as well.I think ‘Elvas’ would look stunning next to ‘Gervase’, (my current all-time favorite amaryllis!) seen here in a picture from 2013: I’ll try to get them to bloom concurrently next year. Won’t that be a nice challenge?