Saturday, 8 February 2020


Having just had its second jumbo iteration of blooming after the bulb sprouted after Christmas, the Hippeastrum—a South American evergreen flower related to the African bulbs called Amaryllis. First described and classified by nineteenth century British botanist William Herbert, who also specialised in crocuses and tulips as well as the more useful bulbous plants like garlic and onions and has the standard authorial abbreviation Herb. in botanical context (another example of nominative determinism), its name means Knight’s Star lily (Rittersterne) in Latin and like our friend the poinsettia need to be cajoled and tricked into blooming during wintertime, but are robust enough to be transplanted (with some study and care) and return year after year.