Amaryllis 'Charisma'


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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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



Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

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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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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

Brilliant cherry Kool-Aid color.