Amaryllis papilio

Hippeastrum papilio | Also known as: Butterfly Amaryllis | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

With a name like butterfly amaryllis, this flower must either look like a butterfly or attract them. Actually, this stunner does both!

Hippeastrum papilio is commonly referred to as Amaryllis papilio or Butterfly Amaryllis. This showy plant has a very exotic, other worldly look to it. Unlike other amaryllises, this variety produces several flower stems from one plant, and they are shorter than other amaryllises too. The flowers are very exciting, they are trumpet shaped and white, with lots of red lines running the length of the petals. Plant two or three in a container for an amazing display. They'll flower year after year too. You'll get flowers around 6 weeks after planting. They don't like the frost, so you can either keep your amaryllis as a house plant, or bring it inside over the colder months. When it's finished flowering, cut it down to around 5cm above the bulb.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Brown
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Erect
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z11-12
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Bulbs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years