Stephen Vinisky, Oregon

Hippeastrum papillio (Not Daffodil related)

December 30, 2011

Categories: General, Non-Daffodil

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Actually, it is related to the daffodil being a member of the Amaryllidaceae family………

A friend sent seed obtained from the Doran Collection over fifteen years ago. This is one of the finest of the group of Hippeastrum papillio that I have raised from seed to flowering. This cultivar has an excellent, wide form that is not overly starry. Flowers are large, measuring 184mm vertically. The flowers are more rounded and they do not have as pronounced an oblong or rectangular look as some of its siblings have exhibited. The red is surprisingly clear and intense with none of the purple/pink cast that is more usual. The background color is a crisp mint green. The blooms are quite flat with not too much of the more common incurving aspect. Has a shorter stem that is strong. Now grown into many noses and shown in a 14″, straight sided, clay pot.

All in all, a nice overall “package”.


Steve Vinisky

Sherwood, Oregon USA

One response to “Hippeastrum papillio (Not Daffodil related)”

  1. Jason Delaney, Missouri Jason Delaney says:

    NICE! From your image I would have to agree with you, Steve. What
    saturated color. Now, to breed it with others!

    Mauro Peixoto at Brazil Plants ( has
    offered, at least in the past, some unusual papillio strains, all seed
    grown from his wild collections. Check out his website if you’re not
    already familiar with him.

    Thanks for sharing, Steve!


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