|Common name:||Atamasco Lily||Family:||Amaryllidaceae|
|Author:||(L.)Herb.||Botanical references:||43, 200|
|Synonyms:||Amaryllis atamasca (L.)|
|Known Hazards:||The bulb contains toxic compounds
|Range:||Southern N. America – Missouri and Virginia to Florida.|
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||1||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||0|
|Other Possible Synonyms:||From various places across the web, may not be correct. See below.|
|Other Common Names:||From various places around the Web, may not be correct. See below.|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|mas = male, robust;|
|Other Range Info:||From the Ethnobotany Database|
Bulb growing to 0.3m by 0.1m . It is hardy to zone 8. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from April to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. We rate it 1/5 for edibility and 0/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Cultivated Beds, By Walls, By South Wall, By East Wall.
Bulb – cooked
Requires a position in full sun when grown outdoors in Britain and a well-drained moisture retentive soil
Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be left undisturbed in the pot for their first year of growth. Give them an occasional liquid feed in the growing season to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. When the plants become dormant in the summer, pot up the small bulbs placing 2 – 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another one or two years in the greenhouse before planting them out when they are dormant in late summer. Division of offsets after the plant dies down in late spring or early summer. Larger bulbs can be planted out direct into their permanent positions whilst it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on in the greenhouse for a year before planting them out.