Is the Hippeastrum vittatum an heirloom bulb? It is an heirloom bulb. In fact, they’ve been around and documented since the 1800’s. They’ve also been in gardens since the early 1900’s so we’d consider them heirlooms from that standpoint. They are a species bulb, much like the species Narcissus jonquilla which grows in the south of Spain naturally. The Hippeastrum vittatum is a naturally occurring, very fertile bulb, used to breed more “modern heirlooms” such as the Johnson’s Amaryllis, better known as the Hardy Amaryllis.

The Hippeastrum vittatum provide an early large-bloom experience to your garden. No two blooms are exactly alike. Plant extra to use some as cut flowers for your table.

The Hippeastrum vittatum is a prized specimen in the world of gardening and botany. Originating from South America, it is one of the oldest known varieties of Hippeastrum. Characterized by its striking white flowers with bold red stripes, it presents a captivating display when in bloom.

This bulb works great when planted in pots. Plant each bulb in its own small pot to have in several areas around a patio. You can use it outdoors or bring it indoors when entertaining.

As an heirloom bulb, it has been passed down through generations of gardeners, often treasured for its historical significance and enduring beauty. Unlike many modern hybrid varieties, the Hippeastrum vittatum retains a charm that is both rustic and elegant, embodying a simpler era of gardening. Its resilience and ease of cultivation make it a favored choice among enthusiasts, thriving with minimal care. Blooming primarily in the late winter or early spring, it brings a burst of color to gardens when most plants are dormant. This bulb symbolizes not just the beauty of nature, but also the rich heritage and traditions of horticulture, making it a cherished plant for collectors and casual gardeners alike.

The Hippeastrum vittatum look great when planted around a tree or mailbox or clumped together as a garden centerpiece. The foliage is beautiful all summer so it can easily be used as a backdrop, hedge, or border depending on your other flowers.

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    1. Hi Vicki! Yes, you can plant them in that zone, but I do suggest bringing them in during the winter. I doubt they could survive your winters there. This is the parent to the cold tolerant Johnson’s (hardy) amaryllis, but even in a Zone 8 we have some pretty harsh winters that can kill them back if we’re not careful. Hoping this helps and thanks for your kind words.

  1. I just ordered this bulb from Southern bulb company. How do you find old homesteads and know that you are able to collect the bulb without someone saying you are stealing? I see so many of these bulbs in yards that look neglected. I always want to stop and ask if I can buy their bulb because I see no other flowers or upkept yard. Would that be a no no? I’m obsessed with bulbs myself. And you are so right about the happiness that bring to you.

    1. Hi Raye! Always ask for permission, and that is the best way. Usually appraisal districts have the owner’s information listed and you can reach out to them that way. Hope that helps! And hoping flower bulbs bring you much happiness!

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