This is generally called amaryllis, but is botanically a genus of its own, and one of the most beautiful of its class. Having seen some plants of it recently grown in 8-inch pots with nine to twelve spikes and thirty flowers, under the care of a matron who had nothing but a cottage window, it seems worthy of some notice. It flowers during summer.
Three bulbs in an 8-inch pot will make a fine display when they are well established. Dry bulbs can be bought in the spring, but they should be treated as evergreen bulbs and during winter they should be kept cool with less water, but not dust dry, and should not be disturbed. Plant the bulbs four inches below the surface. They may not flower the first year, but will in a year or two get well established, and in June or July send up a number of spikes with their handsome red and pink flowers.
V. purpurea is the species, and V. purpurea eximia is grand. To grow them well they should be given a cool but light bench in winter and be kept moderately dry. In May when they begin to grow give them plenty of water. Drain the pot when starting new bulbs, and use good fibrous loam with a fourth of decayed manure.