10 to 15 Flowers on Every Stem
The offspring of Amaryllis belladonna and Crinum moorei, this delightful plant offers sweetly fragrant blooms and far easier care than its parents. It gets better and better each year, for a long life of stellar color and scent that you will treasure in the garden or your best containers!
In mid- to late summer, big blooms of deep pink open atop 3-foot stems. The flowers may remind you in color and form of Naked Ladies (Lycoris squamigera), but unlike those leafless blooms, 'Howardii' has a base of rich, strap-like dark green foliage, as well as a light, sweet scent. Expect a handful of blooms the first year, a much better showing the second, and then unbelievable production in the third and beyond, with 10 to 15 blooms on every flowering stem!
'Howardii' gets its flower form and lush foliage from its Amaryllis heritage, while its fragrance is pure Crinum. This plant thrives in sun to partial shade, its blooms staying fresh and vibrant for several weeks. Deer leave it alone, and where it is content, it will naturalize magnificently over time. If you live north of its zone 7 hardiness limit, grow it in a container and move it to a frost-free location for winter. In zones 8-10, it will remain evergreen.
Best in rich, well-drained soil, 'Howardii' is a superb addition to the landscape. Zones 7-10.
|Zone||7 - 10|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Summer - Late Summer|
|PlantHeight||24 in - 3 ft|
|PlantWidth||15 in - 18 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bloom First Year, Fragrance, Free Bloomer|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Resistance||Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Naturalizing, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands|