Jacobaean Lily (amaryllis formosissima), a bulbous-rooted plant from tropical America. Its large bulb is covered with a dark skin and has a long flattened neck; planted out in the flower border in May, it throws up its flower stalks before the leaves appear; a bulb usually produces but one, sometimes two flower stalks, each of which produces a large irregular flower, of a most brilliant dark crimson color, which appears two-lipped from the bending down of three of the divisions of the perianth (petals), which at the base are involute around the lower part of the deflexed stamens and style. After the flowers open the leaves appear, which should be allowed to grow until the approach of frost, when the bulbs are to be taken up, and kept in a dry place, secure from frost, until the following spring. The plant may also be cultivated in pots in the manner given for the hyacinth. - The original genus amaryllis has been much subdivided by botanists, some of whom place the plant in question in the genus Sprekelia.
Jacobaean Lily (Amaryllis formosissima).