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PlantFiles: Barbados Lily
Hippeastrum puniceum

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hippeastrum (hip-ee-ASS-trum) (Info)
Species: puniceum (pun-IK-ee-um) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting
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)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sssnew On Apr 17, 2014, sssnew from Colombo
Sri Lanka wrote:

This plant is a weed in Sri Lanka

Negative eliasastro On Apr 23, 2013, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

I've found this a truly tropical species, very sensitive to cold. I've failed growing it twice. The first time i left it outdoors and it died because of light frosts and the second time kept it dormant at 57F/14C in the shade and it rot too. I've found that the bulbs are very prone to Hippeastrum mites that cause red rot, especially in cool conditions.
I think it should be kept in growth indoors in the winter, in a South facing window (like Eucharis).

Positive Manakai On Jan 19, 2009, Manakai from Ocean View, HI wrote:

I received this plant as a gift in March 2008 and it was blooming at the time. It died back, and by July, it was starting to show new leaves. Just 2 days ago, my first new blooms appeared. I'm ecstatic! I live on an acre of lave on the Big Island of Hawai`i. I must move enough rocks to create a hole, then pour in soil (that I make myself). It seemed to work for this plant.
Lucy (Manakai)

Positive henryr10 On Nov 8, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

A beautiful species Amaryllis that is a sure bloomer for 10 months out of the year.
It's soft orange blooms always come two to a scape.
This is it's signature ID .
They generally last about a week.

Be patient as it is a slow grower and may take 2-3 years from seed to first bloom.
It also is very slow to multiply when first transplanted.
Once established it does though multiply quite well.

Unlike most Hippeastrum it does not require any dormancy and is evergreen.

We move it outdoors in Summer.
Winter in south facing window or under lights.


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

Garberville, California
Bartow, Florida
Malabar, Florida
Pepeekeo, Hawaii
Cincinnati, Ohio
Memphis, Tennessee
Corpus Christi, Texas

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