Loddiges' Botanical Cabinet

No. 779.
Amaryllis advena

A native of South America, introduced some time since: it is a delicate species, and we have hitherto kept it in the stove. It flowered in May, and again with a second stem in June. The leaves are very long and slender, and the flower stem is about a foot in height.

It may be potted in sandy loam, and will most probably increase itself occasionally by offsets from the bulb.

No. 847.
Amaryllis aurea

This is from China: it was introduced by Dr. Fothergill in 1777, and flowers at various seasons, most usually toward the end of the winter. The flower stem is near two feet high, and the leaves above a foot long, narrow and somewhat glacous. It requires the stove, and may be increased by offsets, which are produced from the bulbs: the soil should be sandy peat and loam.

This splendid family has been a good deal tortured of late; some botanists have been endeavouring to dissect it into fifteen or twenty parts, each to be called a genus. From this we are not aware that science would derive any great advantage, unless indeed the raising of "much learned dust" be deemed such, of which we cannot help entertaining doubts.

Cultivators have amused themselves in hybridizing, as they call it, or mixing the flowers of different species, which causes

No. 864.
Amaryllis calyptrata

This was originally received from Brazil by Mr. Griffin, who presented us with our bulb, which flowers every year in March: the flowers are curiously formed, though not by any means so splendid as those of many of this genus.

It is necessary to keep it in the hot-house throughout the year, and it should be potted in sandy loam and peat. It does not appear to yield much increase by offsets, but ripens its seeds occasionally, by which, of course, it may be readily multiplied.

No. 1082.
Amaryllis crocata

This is supposed to be a native of Brazil, and to have been discovered there by the late Mr. Woodford. It was introduced a few years since, and flourishes in the stoves of this country. Its flowers are produced freely in the spring and summer.

It should be potted in a soil composed of light loam, peat, and sand, and increases itself without difficulty by offsets, which soon become strong enough to flower.

No. 1204.
Amaryllis psittacina

This is a native of Rio Janeiro, and was introduced a few years since. It usually flowers in the spring, and is a very shewy plant.

It requires the heat of a stove, and increases sparingly by offsets, which should be potted in sandy loam and peat soil.

No. 484.
Amaryllis pulverulenta

This elegant plant has been brought from South America: the bulb is large, being near four inches in diameter. The leaves, which are few in number, are usually upwards of two feet in length: they are of a whitish hue, being with a sort of powder, which rubs off with a touch. The flower stems are cylindrical, hollow, and from two to three feet high: on our plant were two, one coming up as soon as the other was fully blown. The blossoms are very conspicuous, and like the whole of this splendid genus, extremely beautiful: they were in perfection in November, and did not produce any seed.

Offsets seem to be rarely produced from this bulb; it is consequently probable that it will remain scarce. It should be planted in a pretty large pot, in sandy loam, and preserved in the stove.

No. 1449.
Amaryllis rutila

This elegant bulbous plant is a native of Brazil, and was first introduced into this country by the late Mr. Griffin, of Lambeth; whose collection of this family was at one time unrivalled.

It requires the stove, flowers in winter and spring, and increases itself by offsets. The soil should be sandy loam.

No. 1200.
Amaryllis solandraeflora

We received bulbs of this plant from Trinidad in 1826; which flowered in the month of September, throwing up two stems, one immediately following the other: the stems are about two feet high, and the flowers nearly one foot long.

It requires the stove, and appears to multiply itself by offsets: it should be planted in rich loam.

No. 159.
Amaryllis spectabilis

This elegant plant seems to rank between the vittata and reginae. It is not exactly certain of what country it is a native; the history of it being enveloped in much obscurity; but it is probably from Brazil. It is very ornamental, flowering in the spring and continuing pretty long, if not kept too hot: it is well to keep it in the stove till it shoots up a flower stem, and then remove it into the greenhouse, which makes the flowers last a considerable time longer. It is propagated by off-sets, and requires a sandy loam.

[This appears to be Amaryllis x Johnsoni rather than a proper species.]