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Photo by Mary Sue Ittner,

The large bulbs by

Author: David N. Friedrich Dietrich, 1840
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Mix - Rich
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  60 (100) Centimetres
Flower:  Light Pink - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulba
Names:  Candelabra Lily, Giant Candelabra Flower, Candelabra Flower
Synonyms:  Brunsvigia grandiflora, John Lindley, 1830.
Amaryllis banksiana, Lindl.
Amaryllis slateriana, Lindl.
Ammocharis slateriana, Kunth.
Brunsvigia banksiana, T.Durand & Schinz
Brunsvigia slateriana, Benth. & Hook.f. ex Tavel.
Brunsvigia sphaerocarpa, Baker.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by David Nathaniel Friedrich Dietrich in 1840. It is found in South Africa, growing in a rich soil with quite some water and lots of sun sun. The caudex can grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 60 centimetres in height. The flowers are pale pink to pink.

Amaryllis is named after a beautiful Greek shepherdess in Vergils works. The species. As the species name indicate, it does get large flowers.