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PlantFiles: Amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Royal Velvet'

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

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Feb 7, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- We grow several varieties of Hippeastrum/amaryllis in our garden, including Royal Velvet. These plants are amazingly hardy and survive on summer water every other week. One plant that was on the outer margins of the irrigation pool, died this year, I believe from being too dry. Ours grow in partial shade, with the bulbs in almost complete shade. We have not fertilized these plants in several years and last year only a few bloomed. We are hoping that with fertilization we will get good bloom this year.

Positive JonthanJ On Dec 13, 2006, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

This variety has done well for me over the last five years.
It consistently gives multi-scape performances and has developed so that both offsets also bud. The scapes seem to be internally limited to just four blossoms each, as compared to Minerva or Goliath which often give six when the bulb has been well developed.

Positive vossner On Feb 16, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Beautiful flower. This is my favorite because of its intense, dark red color.

Spring 2007: three scapes w/ magnificent blooms

Positive kniphofia On Dec 14, 2004, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A most beautiful blood red color. Very dark.

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

Beautiful, dark red, velvety-looking flowers.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Garberville, California
Palm Coast, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Richmond, Texas
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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