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PlantFiles: Amaryllis
Hippeastrum 'Scarlet Baby'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Mid Fall


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:
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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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive critterologist On Jan 9, 2010, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

The red color was deeper than I expected, more the shade I think of as "Christmas red" -- a total charmer! I got 5 & 6 blooms per stalk, each nearly 4 inches across. The deep red color on the growing stalk and bud was a wonderful bonus!

Positive tabasco On Mar 22, 2005, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

First year growing this miniature cultivar and we found it delightfully small blossomed and elegant in stature. Also known as 'Gracilis Dulcinea'.

Culture as for standard size Hippeastrum. 15-20" tall, usually 4 flowers per umbel, 2-3 umbels per bulb. Nicest grown in groups of 3-5 bulbs.

Positive kniphofia On Dec 2, 2004, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A very pretty miniature amaryllis with intense red-orange flowers.


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

Garberville, California
Villas, New Jersey
Missouri City, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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