Eucharis Species, Amazon Lily, Bethlehem Lily, Eucharist Lily

Eucharis grandiflora

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eucharis (YOO-kuh-riss) (Info)
Species: grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Eucharis x grandiflora
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Shade



Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Aptos, California

Day Valley, California

Rio del Mar, California

Venice, California

Aspen, Colorado

Brooksville, Florida(2 reports)

Davenport, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Beach, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Venice, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Dahlonega, Georgia

Hahira, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Ijamsville, Maryland

Southold, New York

Brenham, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 30, 2017, japetmoz from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

Some of my best tips for success growing Eucharis grandiflora are:
If you dig out bulbs of established Eucharis grandiflora, it would go on shock and will go on a temporary dormancy period... Be patient it will come back!
Bring Eucharis grandiflora to warmer indoors when temperature reach below 65 degrees!
When temperature and humidity raise, do not over water(excess water will take the bulb into dormancy)
Eucharis grandiflora needs more light in winter and more shade in summer(NEVER DIRECT SUNLIGHT for longer period of time)
My best tips to enjoy lots of beatiful blooms are:
Try not to water too much and wait till BAROMETRIC PRESSURE reaches 30.17 "Hg or somewhere close to that number! You will see in 2 days flower spikes emerging all over! Once ... read more


On Dec 20, 2016, Homerdiaz wrote:

Hi everyone,

Last March, I bought 3 Amazon Lily bulbs from and 2 extra bulbs with leaves from I planted all of them in one plant pot only and I fertilize them with Miracle Gro. After 9 months I got my 3 first flower stalks and 3 blooms. I live in Venice Beach, California. [[email protected]]


On Nov 30, 2011, amscram from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought two or three bulbs more than ten years ago at a big-box home improvement store and planted them in a shady spot in my garden. The leaves are really pretty attractive dark green and glossy, and I've been sort of surprised that they have never failed to return each spring, even though we've had temps down in the lower twenties for the past two years. I was out in the garden today (November 30) and noticed one of them was blooming! It's been at least six or seven years since that has happened. I haven't seen the bulbs offered in the stores in a long time, but I would buy more if I did, because even if it doesn't bloom, it makes a nice substitute for hosta, which doesn't do well here.


On Sep 3, 2011, Anne_Taylor from Townsville,
Australia wrote:

We grow this in Townsville, Australia. We have a tropical garden on our quarter acre. The lily is planted under our mango trees, in a shaded area with some sun. The soil is good.
This lily is robust and unaffected in the extreme wet weather of the tropical Wet.
It is stunningly beautiful, but not common here. It has taken me some time to find out its correct name.


On May 24, 2010, Hypatia10 from Santa Monica, CA wrote:

I would like to grow this plant, but I see that all the members who have it are in Florida or Texas. Would it work for Santa Monica California? A dry Mediterranean climate, with no frost (I am a mile from the beach). Zone 8. Interior or exterior?

TIA for any comments.



On Oct 20, 2009, rchaufty from Pauls Valley, OK wrote:

My Amazon Lily belonged to my Grandmother in the1950. It was passed on to my Mother in the 60;s. I took the plant when my Mother died. I have had it since 1989, and have split the plant several times. I have three plants of my own now, and given away over five of them. I have one blooming now that has 8 flowers, the most I have ever had.


On May 24, 2007, zoosey from Orlando, FL wrote:

I purchased my first Eucharis last spring. Planted it in mostly sand in the ground with no amendments or fertilization in full shade. The only water it got was 9b Florida rainfall. Sent out many leaves after a few weeks and went on to bloom for me in December! I decided this was too good of a thing to have tucked so far away in the yard, so I dug it up and found 3 nearly full sized offsets! I potted it in rich soil and brought it into full sun on the patio. Only the older leaves were lost to the tortures of the sun and the foliage is now fuller and more robust than before. After only being in its new pot for a month, and having only bloomed 5 months ago, the mama is sending up more flowers! Wonderful fragrance! Doesn't seem to be picky about soil light or water and it survived a few light ... read more


On Nov 11, 2006, bluwatertravler from Brenham, TX wrote:

I have two, both in large (TC2) pots. They only come in if hard frost (low 20s) expected. Bloom every year. Get some sun , mid morning, otherwise bright to deep shade. Had problems with slugs one year. Water sparingly in winter when soil dry on top. Lovely blossom, worth the patience. Tom


On May 28, 2006, louparris from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I inherited this plant from my mother. She called it a "Verna lily" as a lady named Verna gave it to her. It's been around a long time. It blooms at least once each year, sometimes more often. I take it inside when the temp drops below 50, but sometimes I forget, and it hasn't frozen yet (I live in Houston). It is in full shade, on a protected porch with a southern exposure. When it got too big for the pot it was in, I moved it to another pot. All was well, but the little bit I transplanted (maybe 10 years ago) has yet to bloom. I'm waiting!
It is in the ground at our Mercer Arboretum.


On Mar 10, 2005, levilyla from Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I was visiting my cousin in Jamaica and she had this plant in a wall all around her pool and all in bloom. She gave me a small clump and I brought them back (I guess illegally) but they were minus the leaves (just three bulbs). I planted them in a pot and watered and am hoping they will grow. Nothing so far and it has been about a month. I am in 6 or 7. so they would have to stay inside in winter. I am praying something happens because they are beautiful.


On Aug 5, 2003, MBertrand wrote:

My grandmother planted an Amazon Lily bulb sometime in the 50's - and the descendants of this plant have been 'in the family' ever since. I've had some of the best luck, with mine having bloomed five times (with a total of nine flower stalks) in the last five months. My mother gets hers to bloom about once or twice a year in partial shade, my father's is in pretty full shade, and I've never seen it bloom.

Contrary to popular belief, mine is in FULL SUN. We're talking south facing window in summer (if you're thinking of moving yours to try this, introduce it gradually to the sun, or you'll burn its leaves horribly). It gets fertilized about once a month, and is kept damp but not soggy (it's right beside my shower). I never, ever, ever re-pot it, unless it's so rootbound that ... read more


On Jul 22, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I got a bulb by accident - a neighbour threw a broken pot on the trash can, and the plant still had some leaves, but I didn't know what it was. I got what was left of it and saw the bulb. I hadn't any room for it, so I stored it for a couple of months. Then I got a small pot and planted it. It grew beautifully under half shade and lots of water.


On Feb 7, 2003, JHoover wrote:

I have owned this plant since 1977, and have had it bloom only twice - once in late 1982 or early 1983, and once this year! It is absolutely beautiful and I am looking for more information regarding this plant and how to make it bloom more often.


On Jan 21, 2003, kevicall wrote:

Anyone living in the Chicago area interested in seeing this plant in bloom and experiencing its frangrance should go to Navy Pier, second floor by the east Festival Hall. They have several planters full of them in bloom as of 1-20-2003.


On Oct 18, 2002, 711DALE wrote:

A neighbor abandoned this plant and I took it in without any info, not even what it was. It has bloomed indoors in winter and twice this summer outdoors. It is not deciduous where I live - 9b-10a border. It likes lots of water - but it does get hot down here!!