The amaryllis is the ultimate Christmas flower. Hardly anyone does not get into a wintry mood at the sight of this beautiful flower. Find out interesting facts about the Christmas cut flower here.
Botanical name: Hippeastrum
Plant family: Amaryllis family (bot. Amaryllidaceae)
Occurrence: South America
The amaryllis, also known as the knight’s star, is a subtropical bulb flower that inspires with its magnificent flowers, especially at Christmas time.
Strictly speaking, the winter flowers are not amaryllis from a botanical point of view, although they belong to the amaryllis family. The Germanized name is common, but it refers to plants of the botanical genus Hippeastrum, in German knight’s star. The real amaryllis is known to us under the name Belladonnalilie (bot. Amaryllis bella-donna) and already enchants us in late summer with its pink flowers. What a mess of names! But how did it happen? We’ll tell you:
Due to the abundance of new plants that came to Europe around 200 years ago, the botanists actually lost track of things themselves. The classification was corrected, but the name Amaryllis stubbornly stands for the knight’s star to this day.
Care tips for amaryllis
A special feature of the knight star is its hollow handle. To stabilize the heavy flower heads, we recommend sticking a wooden stick into the stem. When the flowers bloom, their heads do not hang, but stand upright. They should be cut straight before placing them in a vase with a little water. What is unique about the Ritterstern is that its flower stalk rolls up at the end as soon as you put the flowers in the water. However, this does not affect their durability. You can prevent the handle from rolling up by fixing the end of the handle with scotch tape.
Even in the winter months, we have beautiful seasonal flower combinations ready for you in our flower subscription. The knight’s star is of course very popular with us! Let yourself be surprised in which great creations it can come into its own! Our goal is to surprise you again and again – even in the cool winter months!