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December 16, 2010

Papillio Amaryllis makes a unique gift for the holidays

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Amaryllis grows well indoors in the winter and you can buy a kit provides everything needed to produce huge, brilliant colored flowers to brighten your or a friend's home. The flowers can be 8" across and there is choice of red, white, or appleblossom. You can get successive year's blooms. I've grown these many times and never been disappointed. They make a great gift and are lovely at Christmas.

This particular amaryllis is really spectacular. Papillio, French for "butterfly", produces flowers that actually appear capable of fluttering away. The most famous of the exotic amaryllis, Papillio makes an amazing houseplant, growing larger as the seasons pass with the addition of smaller side bulbs. Snowy petals with maroon brushings and stripes, tinged with lime green. Flowers are 6" across and numerous.

Mature bulbs for the true Papillio amaryllis tend to be smaller than other amaryllis. This size is big enough to deliver the gorgeous burgundy striped blooms Papillio is justly famous for. The plant will have probably 1 or 2 flower stalks, rather than more. Many of this year's Papillio bulbs have a "baby" stuck to the side of the mother bulb, a jump start on the multi-bulb clump this amaryllis can develop into over time. So this particular bulb has the potential to be a year round pleasure surviving for many years.

At Amaryllis Papillio Butterfly - 20/22cm Bulb (True Papillio)

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at December 16, 2010 8:45 AM
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