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Eucharis (Amazon Lily)

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.

Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Amazon Lily

Botanical Name:  Eucharis grandiflora (syn. E. amazonica)

Family:  Amaryllidaceae

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

Form:  Lily-like

Leaves:  16" tapering to 12" stalks -- wavy, dark green

Flowers:  White -- blooms Spring to Late Summer

Fruits: None

Pests:  Infrequent

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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Last updated 06/03/08