WTF? (What’s That Flower?): Cybister Amaryllis

WTF? (What’s That Flower?): Cybister Amaryllis

We’re SUPER excited to share today’s post that is the latest in our WTF? (What’s that flower?) series. Take a look at the picture below – any guesses as to what it might be?

Cybister amaryllis

Hint: last week’s posts were all about the larger genus of flowers that this species belongs to – Amaryllis (or to be botanically correct – hippeastrum. See more at the end of the post if you want to be in the know!).

These blooms come from a specific species of amaryllis called cybister.  It’s not the easiest name to remember so you’ll hear these blooms also referred to as spider amaryllis (or we call it mini amaryllis). Take a look at the pictures and you can see why:

Red and Green Mini Amaryllis

The long “spidery” narrow petals make this amaryllis much different looking than the amaryllis most people are used to seeing. The star burst shaped bloom often has multiple colors and often times remind people of lilies or even orchids. The size of the blooms is generally smaller than “regular” amaryllis, but they certainly still create a stunning impact!

Amaryllis vs. Cybister

These beauties are hybrids from cybister species originating from South America. It’s really only in the last 15 years that they’ve been more widely available and have hence gained some popularity among gardening enthusiasts. They’re just as easy to take care of as their amaryllis cousins!  They are less common as a cut flower and that is why you don’t see them too often in floral arrangements and bouquets, but we think this may change once more people become familiar with how gorgeous these blooms are!

Red Orange Mini Amaryllis

We hope you enjoyed learning more about these beauties and if you want to take some for a spin, check out the varieties we have in our amaryllis lineup.  If you have any questions about cybister amaryllis or any other flowers, just drop us a line or leave a comment below. We love hearing from you!

Cheers !


Amaryllis Nomenclature:

This may come in handy for your next trivia night, but the name amaryllis is technically NOT the correct term for the flowers that most people use the word to refer to. Hippeastrum is the actual correct term, but unless you’re talking to botanists or plant enthusiasts, no one really uses this name!

To clarify things, both Amaryllis and Hippeastrum are genuses of the same family, Amaryllidaceae.  Over the years, there was confusion over the way people used the generic terms “amaryllis” and “hippeastrum”, so that to this day “amaryllis” is the accepted common name used to refer to any plant in the Hippeastrum genus. True Amaryllis genus flowers include belladonna amaryllis aka belladonna lily (not to confuse even more, but it’s not an actual lily, but just has that in the common name).

Hopefully this helps clear things up! If you want to be botanically correct, then hippeastrum is the right word to use, but chances are most people won’t know what you’re talking about, so the term “amaryllis” is here to stay!



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  1. 1

    Thanks for the post on amaryllis. I use the flower quite a bit and love discovering new ways to incorporate it into my floral designs. I especially like them cut short. They’re not cheap, but worth every cent.

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      Ellie H.

      Hi Mimi! We love to hear from our readers and I’m so glad you liked this post! You’re right that they are not the cheapest flower, but they sure do pack a punch!

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          Ellie H.

          Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by! You can buy cut “Merengue” amaryllis from Flower Muse here. Unfortunately, we don’t have any green cybisters, but you can see all the other amaryllis flowers that we offer here.

          If you’re looking for the bulb to grow the plant, then I haven’t seen “Merengue” for sale in the US yet. White Flower Farm carries some other different varieties of cybister amaryllis, so you can check out their selection. (I’ve never purchased from them, so can’t speak to their quality). They have a variety called “Emerald” which isn’t all green, but probably the most green of the cybister varieties I’ve seen. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    Laura S

    I ordered mini amaryllis bulbs through a fundraiser at school. I planted and I’ve been patiently waiting…what does the sprout look like? I’ve been pulling grass and weeds, I’m hoping I’m not pulling my amaryllis. Can someone help me?

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    Laura S

    Thanks for responding. Actually, you did help. It hasn’t quite been 2 months since I planted them. Thanks for the websites too!

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