Amaryllis
Hippeastrum cybister 'Merengue'

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

Category:

Bulbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Orange

Brown/Bronze

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Mid Fall

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

Garberville, California

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 5, 2004, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have had exactly the same experience - I bought this bulb thinking it was papilio (which I've wanted for ages). I was initially disappointed but once the bulb flowered I felt lucky I had gotten this variety. It really is stunning. My flowers have lasted weeks, the third stem is now in flower with 5 flowers.

Positive

On Dec 5, 2004, boojum from Shelburne Falls, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought an 'h.papilio' bulb from a bin and this rare Fred Meyer hippeastrum hybrid was what I got! As Veronica Read (see catalog on http://www.veronicareadhippeastrum.com) told me in an e-mail during identification, " 'Merengue'
is one of the finest Meyer cybister hybrids - often 6 flowers per stem and 3 stems from 30-32cm bulbs." Flowers are small for an amaryllis, red brown and green. What they don't have in size, they make up for in the curled forms interacting with each other. I was initially disappointed (not a papilio), but now I'm in love!