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Rhodophiala

Rhodophiala (Oxblood Lily)

Although not quite as large as a hybrid amaryllis, rhodophiala makes a colorful statement in the garden. Rhodophiala flowers appear in late summer or fall when the garden is sorely in need of some fresh color.

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Rhodophiala is a genus of bulbous amaryllids from South America. While Chile has a large array of rhodophiala species, we have not found these to be growable in our East Coast climate. However, the Argentine R. bifida has been easy to grow so, we have chosen to focus on making Rhodophiala bifida selections and hybrids.

Although not quite as large as a hybrid amaryllis, rhodophiala makes a colorful statement in the garden. Rhodophiala flowers appear in late summer or fall when the garden is sorely in need of some fresh color. The flowers appear several weeks before the leaves, similar to lycoris, and like their lycoris cousins, Rhodophiala foliage grows primarily in winter and goes dormant in summer. The plants are thus quite drought-tolerant.

In their native habitat, Rhodophialas grow in full sun and a variety of soil types. Interestingly, if Rhodophiala bulbs are planted too shallow, they will pull themselves deeper into the soil using a structure called a contractile root. When you are ready to buy rhodophiala for your garden, check out our offerings of rhodophiala for sale.

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