Naranja AmaryllisNaranja Amaryllis

Amaryllis & Paperwhites: Indoor Color for Winter and Early Spring

The wonderfully bright, long-lasting blooms that Amaryllis and Paperwhites produce are undoubtedly some of the most joyous parts of the colder months. Growing indoor blooms is a wonderful experience, and both novice and expert gardeners can appreciate the breath of life that comes in colorful waves during winter. These easy-to-grow bulbs are also a thoughtful gift for any friend or loved one. See some customer reviews of favorite Amaryllis and Paperwhite varieties available now!

Amaryllis

Amaryllis are easy to grow and can become a household plant for years of enjoyment. After they are finished blooming this winter, they can be grown outside for the summer months before being brought inside to re-bloom next winter. 

Charisma AmaryllisCharisma Amaryllis
Charisma Amaryllis

"INCREDIBLE! I bought three bulbs....one for me, two to give as Christmas gifts. All produced heavily. Mine bore 16 spectacular blooms! The gift recipients had similar results and just raved. Now my bulb is outside growing big beautiful leaves and getting ready to produce again. I can't wait!!"

TaosJuice, Taos, NM
Dragon AmaryllisDragon Amaryllis
Dragon Amaryllis

"I'd buy this product again. Fabulous color, perfect for gifts. I gave several of these lovelies to family across the country as holiday gifts... very well received!"

Tita, Boulder, CO
Picotee AmaryllisPicotee Amaryllis
Picotee Amaryllis

"I love the Amaryllis, have gifted them for years. This one went to an A-frame on the side of Mt. Hood in Oregon. The surprised and delighted recipient just phoned me to say that despite almost no natural light in her house due to surrounding forest, these lilies had began blooming, and had more blooms coming on. You can't beat lilies for tough, dependable and gorgeous!"

Frances, Walla Walla, WA

Paperwhites

Paperwhites are related to Daffodils (Narcissus). These flowers bring the look and fragrance of spring blooms indoors over the winter months. Cheerful Paperwhites will brighten your home in the depths of winter!

Ziva Paperwhite (Indoor Daffodils)Ziva Paperwhite (Indoor Daffodils)
Ziva Paperwhite

"I thought something growing in doors would be a mood lifter. It became a focal point of watching how fast it grew and the wonderful smell from the blooms. It's a very easy growing plant and something that will last for seasons to come. I highly recommend it."

Babs, Brandon, MS
Inbal PaperwhiteInbal Paperwhite
Inbal Paperwhite

"LOVELY, a gift of flowers in WYOMING JANUARY! What a surprise. a gift of a pot of tiny buds 4 weeks ago is now in BLOOM by a sunny window. There are no other blossoms anywhere outside.. in the snow. How sweet a gift. I have never seen them before! They make me smile! I do not have a green thumb!"

Ellie, Casper, WY

Explore Amaryllis & Paperwhite Bulbs and Kits 

  1. Athene Amaryllis Kit - Plastic Pot with gift box

    Bring joyful white blooms indoors to banish the winter blues with our Athene Amaryllis Kit. Athene will produce one to two stems flowering with large, snow-white blooms showing off s...

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    Athene Amaryllis Kit - Plastic Pot Athene Amaryllis Kit - Plastic Pot Hippeastrum Athene
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    Bring joyful white blooms indoors to banish the winter blues with our Athene Amaryllis Kit. Athene will produce one to two stems flowering with large, snow-white blooms showing off silky green throats. This kit includes a pot, growing medium, and one amaryllis bulb, packaged with instructions for the perfect readymade gift. (Hippeastrum)
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  2. Red and White Amaryllis Bulb Charisma, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    This lovely and stunning large flower, up to 8" across, is pure white splashed with deep red markings and edges. The large bulb will produce at least 2 bloom stalks. Grows 20-24" tal...

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    Charisma Amaryllis Charisma Amaryllis Hippeastrum Charisma
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    This lovely and stunning large flower, up to 8" across, is pure white splashed with deep red markings and edges. The large bulb will produce at least 2 bloom stalks. Grows 20-24" tall and blooms 6-10 weeks after planting. Bulbs are sent with a care instructions.
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  3. Red and White Papilio Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum Papilio, Papilio Amaryllis Bulb

    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, produc...

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    Papilio Amaryllis (Butterfly Amaryllis) Papilio Amaryllis (Butterfly Amaryllis) Hippeastrum Papilio
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    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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  4. Red and White Double Amaryllis Bulb Exotic Peacock, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    Exotic Peacock Amaryllis have double red flowers with white stripes. This variety is colorful and long-lasting, with huge, fragrant flowers 8-10" across. Easily grown, it will provi...

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    Exotic Peacock Amaryllis Exotic Peacock Amaryllis Hippeastrum Exotic Peacock
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    Exotic Peacock Amaryllis have double red flowers with white stripes. This variety is colorful and long-lasting, with huge, fragrant flowers 8-10" across. Easily grown, it will provide beauty during the winter months. Each bulb produces 1-2 stems, each with at least 4 flowers.
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by High Country Gardens

Blossom Peacock Amaryllis in full bloom
Amaryllis, such as the 'Blossom Peacock' above, are a perfect choice for indoor winter forcing and will brighten your home in the depths of winter with their huge, long lasting flowers.

Amaryllis are easy to grow and can become a household "pet plant" for years of enjoyment. After they are finished blooming this winter, they can be grown outside for the summer months before being brought inside to re-bloom next winter. But to get them started this year, pot them in a 6-inch diameter pot using a good quality soil and less potting mix. Amaryllis bulbs like a snug pot, so resist the urge to plant them in something too large. The bulb needs only an inch of space around the widest part of the bulb where the neck of the bulb is even with the top edge of the pot. Place the pot in a warm, sunny window, and in only 6 to 8 weeks you'll have a gorgeous living bouquet.

New Amaryllis and Paperwhite Varieties for 2015-16

Amaryllis gervase, Hippeastrum gervase
Amaryllis 'Gervase' (Hippeastrum Gervase) is a striking beauty with its red stripes on pink petals.
Amaryllis 'Gervase'

This is a real beauty, with red stripes on bright to light pink petals. The individual flowers of Gervase are variably colored; each one looks a little different, but equally beautiful.

Amaryllis 'Papilio'

The 'Butterfly' (Papilio is Latin for "butterfly") has striking blooms of maroon, bronze, and cream. This rare Amaryllis is slow-growing and evergreen, producing 2-3 dramatic blooms per stem. But while the bulb may not bloom the first growing season, it will multiply in the pot and bloom the following winter with multiple flower stalks. Definitely worth the wait, Papilio is long lived and easy to grow year after year.

Amaryllis 'Elvas'

This variety has spectacular double blossoms—a striking combination of deep pink centers surrounded by pure white. Elvas almost doesn't look real with its intricate petals and striped markings, which you can enjoy even in the darkest part of winter.

Amaryllis Gift Kits

If you are giving gifts this year for any occasion, the gardeners in your life will appreciate our Amaryllis Gift Kits. Kits come with a choice of bulb color, (Christmas Gift (white), Red Lion (deep red) or Minerva (red and white), a copper-colored pot, soil, and instructions, all enclosed in a burlap gift bag with a satin bow. These easy-to-grow bulbs are a perfect gift for anyone, from the novice to the experienced gardener.

Paperwhites: Indoor Daffodils for Forcing

If you have a sunny windowsill, you can enjoy forcing paperwhite bulbs over the winter months. Plant a group of bulbs in a wider-than-deep bulb pot and keep the soil moist, but not soggy. In 2 1/2 to 3 months, you'll enjoy a fragrant flowering bouquet to brighten your home in the depths of winter.

Chinese Sacred Lilies (Narcissus tazetta) have fragrant white blooms with golden yellow cups. (Blooms in just 10-12 weeks after planting indoors.)

Erlicheer Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta) are renowned for their fragrant, double lemon-yellow blooms. (Flowers in 10-12 weeks after planting indoors.)

Indoor Daffodils, Erlicheer, Narcissus tazetta
Indoor Daffodils - Erlicheer (Narcissus tazetta).

Text by David Salman.

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  1. Athene Amaryllis Kit - Plastic Pot with gift box

    Bring joyful white blooms indoors to banish the winter blues with our Athene Amaryllis Kit. Athene will produce one to two stems flowering with large, snow-white blooms showing off s...

    Learn More
    Athene Amaryllis Kit - Plastic Pot Athene Amaryllis Kit - Plastic Pot Hippeastrum Athene
    Sale Price I Save 20%
    $18.99 Sale $15.19
    Per Kit
    Bring joyful white blooms indoors to banish the winter blues with our Athene Amaryllis Kit. Athene will produce one to two stems flowering with large, snow-white blooms showing off silky green throats. This kit includes a pot, growing medium, and one amaryllis bulb, packaged with instructions for the perfect readymade gift. (Hippeastrum)
    Learn More
  2. Red and White Amaryllis Bulb Charisma, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    This lovely and stunning large flower, up to 8" across, is pure white splashed with deep red markings and edges. The large bulb will produce at least 2 bloom stalks. Grows 20-24" tal...

    Learn More
    Charisma Amaryllis Charisma Amaryllis Hippeastrum Charisma
    Sale Price I Save 20%
    $19.99 Sale $15.99
    Per Bulb
    This lovely and stunning large flower, up to 8" across, is pure white splashed with deep red markings and edges. The large bulb will produce at least 2 bloom stalks. Grows 20-24" tall and blooms 6-10 weeks after planting. Bulbs are sent with a care instructions.
    Learn More
  3. Red and White Papilio Amaryllis Bulb, Hippeastrum Papilio, Papilio Amaryllis Bulb

    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, produc...

    Learn More
    Papilio Amaryllis (Butterfly Amaryllis) Papilio Amaryllis (Butterfly Amaryllis) Hippeastrum Papilio
    Sale Price I Save 20%
    $22.99 Sale $18.39
    Per Bulb
    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.
    Learn More
  4. Red and White Double Amaryllis Bulb Exotic Peacock, Hippeastrum, Amaryllis

    Exotic Peacock Amaryllis have double red flowers with white stripes. This variety is colorful and long-lasting, with huge, fragrant flowers 8-10" across. Easily grown, it will provi...

    Learn More
    Exotic Peacock Amaryllis Exotic Peacock Amaryllis Hippeastrum Exotic Peacock
    Sale Price I Save 20%
    $19.99 Sale $15.99
    Per Bulb
    Exotic Peacock Amaryllis have double red flowers with white stripes. This variety is colorful and long-lasting, with huge, fragrant flowers 8-10" across. Easily grown, it will provide beauty during the winter months. Each bulb produces 1-2 stems, each with at least 4 flowers.
    Learn More