Family: Amaryllidaceae | Genus: RHODOPHIALA bifida
type : Perennials, Bulbs
sun exposure : Full Sun
water : Regular Water
planting zones : MS (Middle South) / Zone 7, LS (Lower South) / Zone 8, CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
Plant Details

Native to Argentina, this tough- as-nails amaryllis relative was introduced into the Texas Hill Country by German settlers in the 1850s. Narrow, foot-long leaves emerge in fall, persist through winter and spring, and then die down. In August or September, following a rain, clusters of blood-red, 2 inches-long flowers appear atop leafless foot-tall stalks.

Set bulbs out in spring, planting them 4 inches deep, 1 feet apart. The plant multiplies naturally in just about any well-drained soil. It likes moisture during winter and spring but needs no water in summer. An old Southern favorite and a popular passalong plant. 'Hill Country Red' is a clone of the old Texas heirloom strain.

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