Amazon Lily is the term collectively applied to a genus of beautiful Neotropical flowering plants. Approximately 20 species constitute this group, all of which hold a close relationship with the Amaryllis family.
Due to their beauty, many hold a great love for all varieties of these flowers. This has led to the development of numerous hybrids, yet the term Amazon Lily is most commonly applied to 2 specific types.
Understandably, these particular species have been extensively cultivated. Many of these stunning flowers have now become naturalized in regions outside of their endemic range.
Amazon Lily Physical Description
The beautiful Amazon Lily forms a perennial plant in nature, that grows from a small bulb. Varieties can vary slightly, however, most average a height of 31 in (80 cm).
Leaves of the various types range in length from 8-22 in (20-55 cm) in length. Their delicate flowers average 2 in (5 cm) in diameter. These typically develop star-shaped, and commonly a bright white in color.
In addition, the flowers remain known for possessing a strong, pleasant scent. These generally appear in small groupings that number 3-10 blooms. Especially relevant is the color of the interior central structure, which often has a remarkable light green tint.
However, all this beauty hides a dark secret. All parts of this little beauty contain extremely powerful toxins, and a result, ingestion of even a small quantity can prove fatal.
Amazon Lily Distribution and Habitat
The endemic range of the known types of Amazon Lily serves as perhaps their most noteworthy feature. This perennial plant only appears in the Amazon regions of either South America or Central America. This area extends from Guatemala to Bolivia.
Interestingly, a few of them have become naturalized in other regions. These include Mexico, the West Indies, and even a few tropical island. They have adapted to high heat and humidity, as a result of this. Despite this, they generally occur naturally in shaded areas.
Also, the various plants grow best in certain specific soils, consisting of a combination of loam and sand. They typically bloom in the spring, yet some species will also bloom multiple times throughout the year, under the right conditions.