Amaryllis ‘Papilio’ Butterfly
exotic papilio is a species amaryllis which is also called papilio butterfly due to its shape which resembles with papilio butterfly. flower color is very appealing which is a mixture of white, maroon, and lime tones.another quality which differs it from other hybrids is that it remains evergreen throughout year.its leaves are dark green,slender and long.bulb shape is like a vase with long neck.few bulbs has a strange habit that when planted they will bloom first year then they will skip flowering for almost 4 to 5 year and then they start blooming regularly.perhaps bulb takes time to set in new location and atmosphere. but after all their unique and beautiful blooms are well worth the wait.it produces a lot of offsets which can be separated after one year in November.because it is species amaryllis so it is very fertile and many successful crosses are possible with cybisters and some time with hybrids also.but problem is that it produces very less seeds or often produces infertile seeds.i have tried its pollen this year on a lot of plants this year for experiments.here is link of papilio pollen experiments.
papilio is very shy in blooming only two florets per stem is common but sometimes rarely it produces three or four florets per stem.crosses with cybister produce more than two flowers per stem.
paplio thrives well in hot weather and slow down its growth in winter season.unlike other amaryllis, papilio plant (bulb) does not require a period of dormancy and the foliage should remain evergreen all seasons.a balanced fertilizer will add growth prominently and chances of bloom will be increased.key to stimulate flowerings by gradually reducing watering from October to January.and from January onward full sunny place is best for getting blooms.in its habitat it grows on tall trees in southern Brazil.