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Hippeastrum (Double Galaxy Group) 'Clown'
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amaryllis 'Clown'

'Clown' is a deciduousperennial with long, semi-erect,strap-shaped leaves and large white flowers with broad red stripes borne on thick stems in winter and early spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red White Green
Summer
Autumn
Winter Red White Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
All parts may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Hippeastrum are deciduous bulbous perennials with slightly fleshy, strap-shaped leaves and stout, leafless stems bearing umbels of large, funnel-shaped flowers usually in winter or spring

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Pot newly purchased bulbs from October to January so that two-thirds of the bulb remains above the surface and water in well. The appearance of leaves will signify that root activity has started and regular watering can begin. A good supply of water is required as soon as growth becomes vigorous with a temperature ideally in the region of 15-18°C and a sunny position. See hippeastrum cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by removing offsets in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Bulb scale mite and narcissus bulb fly may be a problem

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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