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With a flower reminiscent of a daffodil, Eucharis is a bulbous plant which produces three to six large white, fragrant flowers on a tall stem. Of the family Amaryllidaceae it is more commonly known as Amazon Lily. Amazon Lily is a sub-tropical plant the family of which is native to Central and South America.
Common Name: Amazon Lily
Botanical Name: Eucharis grandiflora (syn. E. amazonica)
Plant Type: Bulbous perrennial
Origin: Tropical and Sub-tropical Central and South America
Zones: 9 - 12 protect from frost elsewhere
Height: To 16"
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Salt Tolerance: None
Soil Requirements: Moderately fertile, humus rich, well-drained soil
Water Requirements: Water freely while actively growing, water sparingly in winter to trigger flowering
Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer weekly
Light Requirements: Light dappled shade
Leaves: 16" tapering to 12" stalks -- wavy, dark green
Flowers: White -- blooms Spring to Late Summer
Uses: Bed or border plant
Bad Habits: None
Cost: $ -- very reasonable
Propagation: offsets in autumn or when repotting (every 3 -- 4 years in the spring)
Sources: A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, The Subtropical Garden, Gardening in the Tropics
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