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PlantFiles: 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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 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
Mid Winter


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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kniphofia 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 boojum 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 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!


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

Garberville, California
Saint Petersburg, Florida

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