Amaryllis was classified as the genus Amaryllis until the 1800s when botanist William Herbert decided the Amaryllis plant belonged to the genus of a similar-looking flower. He reclassified the Amaryllis as the genus Hippeastrum. While the Amaryllis and Hippeastrum do look alike, there are some differences. The Amaryllis has solid stems, no leaves during flowering time, and it produces 6 -12 flowers per stem. The Hippeastrum has hollow stems, produces leaves after flowering, and it blooms 3 – 6 flowers per stem.
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