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PlantFiles: Amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Charisma'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hippeastrum (hip-ee-ASS-trum) (Info)
Cultivar: Charisma

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FlowerManiac On Sep 7, 2009, FlowerManiac from Coppell, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted one bulb of A. Charisma and one of A. Exposure several years ago. They have flourished and multiplied to become a patch of each side by side and one of the most dramatically gorgeous sights in my spring garden.

Positive bsharf On Mar 25, 2007, bsharf from Palm Coast, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

It does look as if cherry kool aid was splashed on the flower. Charisma and Showmaster look like step sisters, so similar in form and pattern.

Neutral WillowWasp On Jun 8, 2006, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

this is one of the standard Large Amaryllis that's almost a two tone. It has upper petals of a pale Raspberry and lower petals of White and mid veins of a darker raspberry.

Positive jestelleoan On May 21, 2005, jestelleoan from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Amaryllis are in full bloom here. I have them all over the flower beds. I plant the bulb half way in the grown and put a lot of compost around them and use liquid fertilzer when groth starts. They will also need to be staked but becarefull because they send up small new bulbs right next to the mother. I have cross pollinated three bulbes and have about three hundred small bulbes. They should bloom next year. This is a lot of fun if you want to try I got it out of "Breeding Ornamental Plants" Edited by Dorothy J. Callaway & M. Brett Callaway, Timber Press. It is easy to understand. I will let you know what happens. And I understand most will not be good. You pick the best through out rest. Joan

Positive kniphofia On Jan 18, 2005, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Really incredible color and marking on this one. Beautiful in every respect. Highly recommended!

Positive Kelli On Oct 12, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Brilliant cherry Kool-Aid color.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Orange Park, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Olathe, Kansas
Cut Off, Louisiana
Pride, Louisiana
Gardiner, Maine
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Albion, Pennsylvania
Coppell, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Kirkland, Washington

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