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?
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:
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!
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!
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!
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!