Hippeastrum Amaryllis ‘Elvas’ has returned to the building! After one lovely, short stalk bloomed in late February, the bulb sent up a second flower stalk, and it bloomed again six weeks later, just in time for Easter!While the stalk that bloomed in February was just about one foot tall, this second stalk grew to twenty inches, and produced six flowers! The first two flowers were the largest, measuring eight inches across. They held their heads up nicely, too, so all the world could see their beautiful raspberry-pink striations and delicate picotee edging.‘Elvas’ is a double amaryllis, with several layers of petals. Its pistil and stamen are short and hidden deep within its frilly center whorl.
The backs of the petals are gorgeous, too, brushed with a flush of deep pink speckles:
Subsequent flowers have been a bit smaller, but still six inches wide, and they have hung their heads down, making it harder to appreciate their many layers of petals. Does anyone else see ‘Belle of the Ball” dresses here?
Now, here is the story of Amaryllis ‘Not Elvas’: I originally ordered an ‘Elvas’ bulb in the fall of 2013. I duly planted it and awaited the double petaled, raspberry patterned flowers the description promised. Much to my surprise, the bulb instead produced a head of salmon colored single blossoms. Albeit lovely, it was clearly ‘Not Elvas!’
I brought ‘Not Elvas’ to bloom again this year:It’s a single Amaryllis, salmon-pink in color, with a green-apple shaded eye and long, white pistils and stamen. Having purchased the bulb from Scheepers, I looked to their website and found two salmon-colored single Amaryllis, ‘Faro’ and ‘Rosalie’. I ruled out ‘Rosalie’ because her stamen is described as “lime to pink”, not white. Therefore, I have determined that this is most likely Hippeastrum Amaryllis ‘Faro.’ According to the Scheepers website, “Faro is varying shades of pale salmon to salmon-red with a white star-burst and a green eye.”Though it wasn’t what I expected, I think ‘Faro’ is a lovely addition to what is becoming a virtual parade of Amaryllis blooms in my living room every winter and early spring!