|‘Intokazi’ white amaryllis, from South Africa is a stunner.|
Let’s face it, November, early December is the prime season of brown and bedraggled—bare trees, sundown at 4:30, and the dreary heft of winter coat and boots. I can’t think of a better time to impulse-buy an amaryllis in a pot. I bought this one a week and a half ago, and over the last couple of days it unfurled its first pure white flowers: utterly gorgeous, with a small touch of green at the throat. Its variety is ‘Intokazi’, from South African growers. Although fleeting, like all flower bulbs, this one is an absolute beauty for the week or so it lasts.
Many people’s first introduction to amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is ‘Red Lion‘, the ubiquitous screaming red variety often packaged for Christmas. I can’t blame it for its exuberance, but lately I’ve been more drawn to rarer types: miniature varieties, multi-stemmed, or white and green-flowered ones, so I snapped up this single white one when I saw it. In the waning daylight at the dreary end of the year, this pristine beauty is setting my heart a flutter.