Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Sprekelia is a genus of at least three bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. They are native to Central America. Like Hippeastrum, these plants were known as Amaryllis. Sprekelia plants are also sometimes called "Aztec lilies", although they are not true lilies. This genus is named after Johann Heinrich von Spreckelsen (1691–1764), who supplied the plants to Lorenz Heister.

S. formosissima shown below growing in our garden, is common in cultivation, planted in warm climates or raised in pots in colder climates, or planted and lifted, much as the gladiolus. Even when well grown, bulbs often do not bloom every year. In a grouping of about a dozen bulbs, only two or three may bloom in any given year. We are very lucky with ours as they bloom consistently and abundantly!

This post is part of the Nature Footsteps Floral Macros meme,
and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/11/saint-marys-basilica-wilmington-nc.html

  2. Never seen this one before...
    It has such a lovely shape! Are all of the blossoms red?

  3. Yes, Judy. They are just in red.


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