One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- see amaryllis
- ‘In horticultural practice, bud abortion is a substantial problem in several crops, including hippeastrum, nerine and tulip.’
- ‘As home gardeners get more sophisticated, retailers are now offering both hippeastrum and amaryllis in their catalogs.’
- ‘Amaryllis can be grown outside while hippeastrum very often is used as an indoor plant.’
- ‘The Christmas Cactus galloped and had finished flowering by early December, ditto the hippeastrum.’
- ‘Like hippeastrums the Belladonna Lily or Jersey Lily bears clusters of huge flowers on tall stalks which are solid rather than hollow.’
Modern Latin, from Greek hippeus ‘horseman’ (the leaves appearing to ride on one another) + astron ‘star’ (from the flower-shape).
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