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Amaryllis

Introduction

Bright, almost audacious colors and enormous flowers make amaryllis plants an exuberant antidote to gloomy winter days. These large bulbs send forth one or two hollow stems that elongate quickly before unfurling three or four lily-like blossoms in vivid tropical shades of red, pink, salmon, orange, white, or various bi-colors.

Usually we acquire our first amaryllis as a holiday gift, enjoy its blossoms that winter, then discard the plant, not realizing that amaryllis (like many gift plants) can live to brighten winter days again. True, the bulb uses up its reserves of energy in putting forth the first round of flowers, but with faithful care through the year, you can coax it to renew its strength so it will bloom again.

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