Floral Magazine 9: 475, 476 (1870)

PLATES 475, 476
HIPPEASTRUM LEOPOLDI

It will not have been forgotten that some two or three years ago, a new Hippeastrum was exhibited by the Messrs. Veitch, of Chelsea, which excited a good deal of admiration—we mean Hippeastrum pardinum, which we figured in our sixth volume, plate 344. It was one of the introductions of the late Mr. Pearce, collector of Messrs. Veitch & Son, of Chelsea, whose premature death, as he was on the way to South America, in the employment of Mr. W. Bull, was so much lamented by the horticultural world. We have now the pleasure of figuring another of his introductions, excelling the former one in size and equally remarkable for its colouring.

Hippeastrum Leopoldi was obtained from the same habitat, Peru, by Mr. E. Pearce, and he always considered it a most valuable species. It did not flower until the present year, when it fully confirmed all that he had said of it; and when, on the occasion of the visit of his Majesty the King of the Belgians to London last autumn, an exhibition was rapidly got together at the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens in his honour, the Messrs. Veitch exhibited it, and requested that it might be named Leopoldi, a permission which was at once courteously granted.

It were needless work, so accurate is the drawing which our artist has made, to give any lengthened description of this striking flower; the ground colour it will be seen is a creamy white, the colour of the large blotches in each petal are purplish rose, being irregularly spotted towards the extremity of the blotch, which covers about two-thirds of the petal. It will afford a striking contrast to some of the more deeply coloured varieties both of this genus and Amaryllis.

Like its ally, Hippeastrum pardinum, the plant will require a warm house, and will grow readily in a mixture of peat, sandy loam, and leaf mould with sand; but we fear it will be some time before the public in general will have an opportunity of growing it, for it must necessarily for a long time be a scarce plant.


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