Sprekelia formosissima / Amaryllis formosissima

("Aztec lily / Jacobean lily / St.James' lily")

Sprekelia formosissima / Amaryllis formosissima

Sprekelia produce unusual but attractive looking 6" / 15 cm flowers that resemble a waxy orchid on fairly short stems with narrow strap-shaped leaves. In milder climates, where they can be left in the ground, the stems will gradually grow taller over the years as the plants multiply and the flowers keep searching for the sunlight above the foliage. Each stalk will bear 1 flower made up of 6 petals: the upper 3 are wide-spreading, curving back at the tips, and the lower ones are pendent, held close together to form a lip.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Late Spring - Early Summer

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Dark red

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

6 in / 15 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

4* in / 10* cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

12-22 in / 30-55 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In borders, flower beds and pots & containers.

Other Popular Varieties

Species only.

Additional Information

* PLANTING NOTE: do not plant too deep, the neck of the bulb should only be at soil level. Adjust your planting dept according to the size of the bulb.

About the Family

Sprekelia Family

Grows wild in rock outcrops in the mountains of Mexico.

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