Amaryllis 'Red Lion'


Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hippeastrum (hip-ee-ASS-trum) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Lion
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 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:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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


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


Mobile, Alabama

New Market, Alabama

Red Bay, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Queen Creek, Arizona

Montrose, Arkansas

Canoga Park, California

Castro Valley, California

Garberville, California

Long Beach, California

San Diego, California

Stockton, California

Deltona, Florida

Englewood, Florida

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Holiday, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Miami, Florida (2 reports)

Navarre, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Norcross, Georgia

Champaign, Illinois

Henderson, Nevada

Caldwell, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Southold, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cayce, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Belton, Texas

Coppell, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Houston, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Murchison, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Pflugerville, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spring, Texas

Utopia, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 4, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

I actually planted this in my garden, one Spring, 2 years ago. The first year, I just grew leaves and all leaves died during the winter. But last year, come Spring, I had these beautiful red blooms. This winter all leaves died back but a few. Curious to see what type of show it will put on this Spring. I know I should probably lift it for Winter but it is in somewhat of a protected area next to cement so I am hopeful it continues to perform well inspite of not lifting. The bloom on this is so pretty in real life, it has convinced me to start growing Amaryllis indoors as well.


On Nov 16, 2010, fireflyintexas from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

I bought my Red Lion because I spotted these bags of Amaryllises, and my eye was riveted to one in particular because, there in the bag, this bulb was BLOOMING! No green, no long roots.....just the brown bulb and this BEAUTIFUL velvet red bloom begging someone to see it and take it home and plant it. Which I did. Happily. Glad I did. This amaryllis has been amazing. It started growing and greening up immediately and has grown faster than any of my other amaryllis I've had....and in three years, it has bloomed every year, bigger and better than the last and has put on a couple of pup bulbs as well, and THEY are getting big too! Like parent, like child. The foliage is beautiful and the blooms are breathtaking! I have it planted in a semi-sunny-shady area that is well-drained and fee... read more


On Mar 26, 2009, holeth from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Although hybrid amaryllis don't "breed true," (babies don't always look like parents, it's kinda a roll of the dice) I have enjoyed saving seed from this bright, showy, & HEARTY landscaping variety. Besides, breeding plants is like breeding dogs. They may call them mutts now, but there will never be any new breeds/varieties/cultivars if we human-types never breed them! ;-)

It took some practice: my first few tries were sterile, because I let the seed sit around too long, or didn't pollinate right. (I quickly learned that most bulb seeds have to be planted within a week or two of ripening/harvest. I've since heard that this can be extended to about a month with refrigeration, but I wouldn't push it beyond that.) I got a few sprouts from the next batch, but I didn't res... read more


On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

happily growing in Miami, either in pots or in the ground. As long as one keeps watering, it is evergreen here.


On Feb 10, 2005, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

A very interesting plant to grow. It can be re-flowered by harvested in fall before first frost and allowing leaves to die back. 3-4 months later the flower scapes will appear at the nose of the bulb at which time the plant can re-potted and brought to flower.

This requires that the bulb has been given atleast 6-8 months (longer is ok) growing period (with green leaves) during which it is given plenty of sun, water, and fertilizer. These plants are heavy feeders so don't skimp.

In fall harvest bulbs before frost and allow leaves to die back. After leaves have died back, they can be cut off at the nose and the bulb stored in a place out of direct sunlight, but protected from frost. Store moderately cool (room temperatures or heated basement) for 3-4 months.
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On Feb 4, 2005, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is one of our favorite flowers to plant right after Thanksgiving, along with Christmas cactus. We were fortunate to obtain a bulb that has two stalks with 4 flowers on one and 5 on the other. I just follow the direction form the kit it came with. It is so easy. The flowers are not scented and are about 8" across. Now that the flowers are faded, I cut off the stalks and grow the bulb with just the leaves. Hopefully by the end of the year we can repeat the process.


On Jan 14, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased a planting "kit" of this Amaryllis back in early December, & what a show it is putting on for me right now!! Currently there is a 2-1/2-foot tall stalk with 4 HUGE bright velvety red flowers, with another bloom stalk already almost a foot on the way.

I will say, however, that contrary to the above-referenced info on this variety, it is NOT fragrant.

Would also like to add that this bulb kit, although purchased locally, came from "Van Bourgondien Dutch Bulbs", which has a horrible rating here for mail order. While they may be terrible for mail order, please don't hesitate to purchase bulbs from them which might be available to you locally - all of the local bulbs I've purchased (Amaryllis, paperwhites, tulips, daffodils) have come from them, & all... read more


On Dec 15, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I purchased one on sale 2 weeks ago, it's growing really fast! The other I bought a couple months ago and just brought it in the house, I can't wait to see what color it is, it was a yard sale, she didn't know the color, so maybe a Holiday surprise.


On Jun 6, 2004, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I live near Huntsville,AL and many people buy these amaryllis half off after christmas and plant them after last frost. They bloom here around the middle or end of May and into early June and the big red flowers are tropical in appearance. The only problem I have is a rust on the leaves. With a good layer of mulch they can survive to zone 7.


On Dec 1, 2003, Waylander wrote:

This perennial also grows well in the UK


On Dec 1, 2003, Emaewest from Timberlea, NS (Zone 6a) wrote:

This amaryllis is commonly available around November and December for use as a holiday accent or for gift giving. The large, showy blooms are a warm shade of red that really helps perk up a dull, cold winter! With a small amount of effort, they will bloom year after year. They like a deep pot that is only slightly larger around than the bulb. To rebloom, I allow the foliage to continue growing through to the end of summer, stop watering, let the foliage die back, then put it away (closet, basement--someplace where it won't freeze) and forget about it for at least a month. Bring it out at the beginning of December and start watering again and it will usually bloom for the holidays.