Every year Granny Ratz gets an Amaryllis for Christmas, the lucky thing. She does like them: personally they remind me of Triffids. Anyhoo, it came in useful for when I wanted to play with the camera and computer.
As an aside, Amaryllis is the name of a character in one my favourite movies, “The Comedy of Terrors” – more info here. The name is from the Greek for “sparkling”. It is of course also a flowering plant in the same family as daffodils, discussed in my previous post, here. These particular ones, sold for their indoor flowering characteristic, are members of the genus Hippeastrum. They originate in South America, whereas the true Amaryllis is an outdoor flowering plant from South Africa. I hope that is clear!
As with daffodils, they produce alkaloids that could have medicinal properties and they were used in traditional folk medicine. However, the main purpose of the plant seems to be to brighten up the drear winter days of the northern hemisphere. As for the Texan town of Amarillo that seems to be so poorly signposted, the name is derived from the Spanish for yellow, due to the proliferation of yellow wildflowers in the area