Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Hippeastrum striatum (Lam.) H.E.Moore

A variable species with many recognised varieties.  Stout stems bear an umbel of up to 4, funnel-shaped, orange to coral-red flowers, each segment bearing a central green stripe, in spring and summer.  The leaves emerge with the flowers.  [RHSE, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

William Herbert figured Hippeastrum pulverulentum in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine [BM t.2273/1821].  A large number of forms of Hippeastrum striatum are figured in the Victorian literature.  Loddiges’ Botanical Cabinet figures Amaryllis pulverelenta Lodd.: ‘The blossoms are very conspicuous, and like the whole of this splendid genus, extremely beautiful: they were in perfection in November, and did not produce any seed.’  [LBC no.484/1820].  A very similar variety, Amaryllis acuminata var. longipedunculata, synonyms A. acuminata Suprà., A. pulverulenta Herb., is figured in the Botanical Register  [BR f.1188/1828].  Others include: Amarylis fulgida Ker-Gawl., synonym Hippeastrum rutilum var. fulgidum (Ker-Gawl.) Voss, the latter shown with orange flowers ‘the nearest of its kind are crocata, rutila, equestris and reginae’ BR f.226/1817; Amaryllis crocata Ker-Gawl. BR f.38/1815; A. rutila Ker-Gawl. BR f.23/1815, LBC no.1449/1830; Amaryllis acuminata BR f.534/1821; Hippeastrum fulgidum flore pleno FS f.1546/1860-65; Amaryllis crocata LBC no.1082/1826.  

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.216/1843].  Hippeastrum striatum still grows in the gardens in large numbers, putting out its beautiful orange blooms in the late spring.


Published May 10, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Last updated Jul 12, 2010 - 02:38 PM

Illustrated are bulb, leaves and orange, funnel-shaped flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2273, 1821.

Hippeastrum striatum (Lam.) H.E.Moore | BM t.2273/1821 | BHL

Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin


  • Hippeastrum pulverulentum Herb.
  • Hippeastrum rutilum Herb.
  • Amaryllis striata Lam.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Hippeastrum pulverelentum 

Confidence level high