Floral Magazine 10: t. 545 (1871)


Increased attention is being given to this most interesting tribe of plants, if we may judge from not only the larger number of them seen at exhibitions, but also from the fact that so many seem to be engaged in hybridizing them, and so introducing new varieties to general cultivation.

Those who have been able to accommodate them with sufficient room, plant them out in beds in a warm greenhouse, or pit, and select from such beds of seedlings those which best fulfil the conditions of a good flower—viz., a good breadth of petal and brilliancy or distinctness in marking. We have already figured some interesting varieties; and that which we now figure is equally worthy of cultivation.

Amaryllis Chelsoni was raised in the establishment of Messrs. Veitch and Son, of Chelsea, and is a flower of excellent properties, the petals being broad, while the colour is a brilliant fiery crimson. It will form an admirable contrast to such light-coloured plants as the beautiful Hippeastrum Leopoldi, figured in our last volume; the great breadth of petal and substance of the flower adding much to its beauty and permanency.