University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers and Foliage

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.)

The amaryllis is a low growing herbaceous perennial with a tunicate bulb. Simple leaves are entire, linear to strap-shaped, and up to two feet long. They are glabrous, light green, and arise with or after the flower stalk emerges. One to ten flowers may be produced on a hollow, leafless stalk to two feet tall. Flowers are large and funnel-shaped to ten inches across. The most common colors are red, pink, and white, and they are often lined or striped.