What is this?

Can anyone tell me what this flower is?

It is blooming in my kitchen and I have no idea what it is.


From a reader:

From the photo it appears that the flower in question is called by the name ‘Red Lion’ (cultivar) of the Hippeastrum (genius) belonging to Amaryllidaceae (family).  Although I might be mistaken, the flower is not an Amaryllis, which would be the prevailing opinion.  The reason for the error is all to do with marketing and sales.  It is quite common to find specimens of Hippeastrum labeled as Amaryllis primarily because of a common family name (Amaryllidaceae).  Nomenclature meets main street marketing and the masses suffer.  A true Amaryllis is a glorious sight in bleak winter.

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  1. Ohio Annie says:


  2. John Miller says:

    Father Z,

    It looks like an Amaryllis Indoor flower. I received one for Christmas.

  3. Rose in NE says:

    Yep, Amaryllis.

  4. Christopher says:

    Fr. Z, these are called Amaryllis and bloom this time of year. They are native to South America. My wife is a Texan and her family has always included them as part of their tradition. Here is a link to more info.


  5. Calleva says:

    Amaryllis for sure, and if you cut down the flower stalk when it’s over and keep watering the plant, it will eventually flower again… and again… and again.

  6. Paul S. Quist says:

    I think it’s an “Audrey 2”



  7. Quantitative Metathesis says:

    Fr. Z, it looks a lot like my “Red Lion Amaryllis.”

  8. Theodoricus says:

    It is not an Amaryllis but an Hippeastrum. People often call it Amaryllis but that is another plant although it’s part of the same family.

  9. don Jeffry says:

    It’s a flower of Texan origins, the Latin name of which is: Amarillabrickbybrick and it blooms during the various liturgical seasons.

  10. Ohio Annie says:

    don Jeffry, That’s the one!

  11. kat says:

    We always planted them out in the yard in the early spring after the last frost, let them bloom and waited until fall to dig them up and put them in brown paper sacks in the basement. (they will freeze and die if left out all winter and that was in zone 8) They multiply and soon you have 5 sacks of huge bulbs to plant every year.

  12. It also looks like the red crocus

  13. John Enright says:

    I see where other friends have said that your flower is an “Amaryllis.” As for me, I have’nt a clue.

  14. Chironomo says:

    It is indeed the Red Lion Amaryllis. The update comment is also correct… this is not a true Amaryllis but simply given that monicker because of the similar family name. They are a prolific and VERY hardy species in the right climate. We don’t currently have any in our garden because they don’t thrive as well in the tropics.

  15. Ross says:

    It is in the genus Hippeastrum, but an accepted common name is “amaryllis” even though it’s not in the genus Amaryllis. Hippeastrum naturally bloom in spring, not winter. Bringing them and other bulbs into bloom outside their natural time is called forcing. Over the summer the plant becomes dormant and should be given minimal water until fall when the foliage re-emerges.

  16. Liam says:

    The accepted common name is Amaryllis. The botanical name differs. This difference is not uncommon. But don’t get precious trying correct people who are using the correct common name.

  17. Mac McLernon says:

    It’s a red flower…

  18. Andreas says:

    Fr. Z:

    How did it get into your kitchen? Was it Santa?

  19. Mary in CO says:

    This flower is … stunning!

  20. Malcolm says:

    Wow. Father. Did you know I have the same wallpaper as you in my kitchen?! That’s awesome.

  21. I’m fairly certain that is a dandelion.

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