Papilio Amaryllis (Butterfly Amaryllis)

Amaryllis Papilio (Butterfly Amaryllis) has striking blooms of maroon, bronze and cream on dark-green foliage. This rare variety of hippeastrum, is slow-growing and evergreen, producing 2-3 dramatic blooms per stem.

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Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Easy to grow
Good for Containers
Good for Forcing
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Bloom Time Winter: 6-10 weeks after planting indoors.
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Size Bag of 1 - Bulb Size: 20-22 cm
SKU HFB6Z01

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Amaryllis Papilio (Butterfly Amaryllis) has striking blooms of maroon, bronze, green/cream on dark-green foliage. This rare and exotic variety of hippeastrum, is evergreen with 2-3 blooms per 18" stem. Hardy in zones 8-10, Papilio is slow growing and will not always bloom the first season, but is well worth the wait. If grown outdoors, lift before any chance of frost. In colder zones it can be forced indoors. Water regularly, but do not overwater or a allow the plant to become soggy.
SKU HFB6Z01
Common Name Papilio Amaryllis (Butterfly Amaryllis)
Botanical Name Hippeastrum Papilio
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red, White
Mature Height 20-24" tall
Bulb Size 20-22 cm
Planting Depth Place bulb so top inch or so of bulb sticks up out of the soil.
Bloom Time Winter: 6-10 weeks after planting indoors.
Days to Bloom 6-10 weeks after planting.
Flower Size Up to 6" flowers
Planting Time Fall, Winter
Advantages Easy to grow, Good for Containers, Good for Forcing
Additional Information Hardy in zones 9-11.
Ideal Region Coastal California, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Amaryllis and Paperwhites, are favorites for the winter holiday season. These bulbs are easy to grow with spectacular results. They need no chilling, and once planted can bloom in as little as 3-5 weeks for Paperwhites, and just 6-8 weeks for Amaryllis.

Tips For Growing Amaryllis (Easy!)

  • When planting your bulb, select a pot that allows about one inch all around, and at least two inches below the bulb.
  • Use a good quality soil-less potting mix or a blend of one part peat moss and one part coarse sand for planting.
  • Make sure to not plant too deep and leave the top of the bulb ("shoulder') just slightly above the soil.
  • Water in your newly planted bulbs thoroughly, but don't water again until the new sprout is well out of the bulb.
  • Once you have a sprout a few inches long, water regularly and soon your amaryllis will produce its spectacular, huge flowers.
  • Remember to turn the pot regularly to make sure the stalk grows straight, as these bulbs have a tendency to grow towards the light.

More guidance for growing Amaryllis: Amaryllis: Get Big, Beautiful Blooms Indoors

Tips For Growing Paperwhites

  • Select a container that about 3 - 4 inches deep (8 - 10 cm), without drainage holes.
  • Add 1-2 inches of gravel, stones or marble to the bottom of the container.
  • Place your paperwhite bulbs, pointed side up, on the gravel layer. Fit them in tightly, they don't mind being crowded.
  • Add water to the container so that it just reaches the base of the bulbs. Don't cover the entire bulb with water, or it could rot.
  • Check your bulbs daily and add water if needed.
  • When roots begin to develop, you can move your bulbs to a sunny window.
  • After they begin flowering, move the plants out of direct sunlight, so the blooms will last longer.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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3.2

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2.0

I would not buy this again.

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Pros

  • large bulb

Cons

  • 2 leaves, period!

Best Uses

  • Indoors

Comments about High Country Gardens Papilio Amaryllis Bulb:

I purchased this long, desired bulb and was thrilled with it once it arrived. I haven't the foggiest why it has not produced anything other than two leaves to date. The instructions stated that it was much slower to take off than other amaryllis...but this is a bit much. So far there is still no sign of a blossom stalk, at all. I have followed the instructions to the letter. I am a Master Gardener so it isn't as if I do not understand the importance of soil, aeration, watering and sunlight. I am at a loss. Disappointed!

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3.0

Slow going but still hopeful...

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Healthy

Cons

  • 2 leafstraps is all is produced, nothing else!

Best Uses

  • Indoors

Comments about High Country Gardens Papilio Amaryllis Bulb:

I'm aware this is a slow to get started bulb. After almost 2 months I'd think with the care it's getting it would have more to show. I'm concerned there won't be a blossom at all this year. Grrrr!

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5.0

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Papilio Amaryllis Bulb:

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    1.0

    unfortunately the bulb you sent did not produce any buds

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Papilio Amaryllis Bulb:

        I was extremely disappointed in this bulb. Worse product I have ever received from High Country

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        5.0

        Great gift

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        from Pleasanton Tx

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        • Accurate Instructions

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          Best Uses

          • Patio

          Comments about High Country Gardens Papilio Amaryllis Bulb:

          Purchased for a gift for a gardening friend.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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