Amaryllis

A vibrant, eye-catching centerpiece is created very simply with a glass vase, some river pebbles and a handful of bright red amaryllis stems cut short so that the blossoms rest just at the rim of the vase.  You could do this yourself.

A vibrant, eye-catching centerpiece is created very simply with a glass vase, some river pebbles and a handful of bright red amaryllis stems cut short so that the blossoms rest just at the rim of the vase. You could do this yourself.

 

Amaryllis is a large, tubular trumpet-shaped flower on a tall, thick juicy green stem.  Often many flowers will be open at the top of 1 stem, maybe 3-5.  It’s true, scientific name is Hippeastrum, but most growers and florists call it Amaryllis.  It is not a typical wedding flower, but is chosen by brides who prefer the less beaten path.

 

  

  

 

 

Colors

Amaryllis comes in a range of colors from deep, almost burgundy too fire engine red, to pink, to cream and many lovely variegated combinations of these.  They are never found in blues.

A close-up picture of a variegated or "striped" dark pink and white Amaryllis

Close-up of variegated Pink and White 'striped' Amaryllis

Amarillys as a Wedding Flower

Amaryllis flowers can be used in tall, striking ceremony and buffet arrangements. They are one of the few flowers with substantial form and mass that can hold their own well mixed with other large flowers such as delphinium, flowering branches or sunflowers. They have an androgenous look, which means they mix seamlessly with both tropicals and

A hand-tied bridal bouquet made entirely with cream colored amaryllis
A hand-tied bridal bouquet made entirely with cream colored amaryllis

garden flowers.

 

Amaryllis can also be used in handtied bridal and bridesmaids bouquets.  A few of these blossoms will go a long way.  They are not suitable for corsages, bouttonnieres or hair flowers because of the large size and tubular shape of the flowers: they would “stick out” too much.

 

Cost

Amaryllis can be one of the pricier flowers by the stem, but since one stem provides so much impact, an amaryllis wedding is not necessarily more expensive than average.  About $7-$15 per stem depending mostly on if you buy them wholesale or from the florist.

 

Amaryllis Season and Sources

Amaryllis is traditionally grown as a house plant over the winter holidays, probably because of its red and white colors and its star shape.  It is grown in green houses in many places in the world, year round and therefore should be available as wedding flower.

 

Use the tall thick stems of the amaryllis to their full advantage:  Here is a centerpiece which is a sort of amaryllis topiary, grouping a handfull of tall amaryllis stems together with the flowers bunched tightly together on top - simple but different.Amaryllis Design Tip:

One thing to keep in mind when using Amaryllis flowers in your wedding is that the flowers face out perpendicular from the stems, so looking down on a bouquet, you might see a ‘bald’ spot unless they are mixed with other ‘up-facing’ flowers.

Which Other Flowers go Well with Amaryllis

You could have your entire wedding with only this one flower and no one would complain.  However, they also mix well with all kinds of lilies as well as alstromarium.  Their forms are similar and produce a pleasing repitition when placed together.  Amaryllis also goes well with tropical flowers such as bird of paradise and orchids.