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Tropical South

Selecting plants suited to the Tropical South climate is a key step to success.

Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).

The Tropical South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10-11 and in AHS Heat Zones 10 through 12.

If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Amaryllis 'Dancing Queen' (Hippeastrum)

Resembling peonies, Amaryllis 'Dancing Queen' will take your breath away. This stunning beauty mesmerizes the viewer with extra large, luscious, frilly edged, double flowers, up to 9 in. across (22 cm), adorned with red and white stripes. The dramatic blossoms are packed with 12-14 tepals and several petaloid stamens.

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Amaryllis 'Double Dream' (Hippeastrum)

Resembling a water lily, Amaryllis 'Double Dream' (Hippeastrum) is a stunning beauty with its large, rose pink, double flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), delicately touched with white at the petal tips.

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Amaryllis 'Double King' (Hippeastrum)

With extra-large flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), Amaryllis 'Double King' will surely draw the attention with its multiple layers of velvety, brilliant red petals. Borne in clusters of three or more, the blooms sit with majesty atop a stout leafless stalk.

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Amaryllis 'Double Record' (Hippeastrum)

One of the most eye-catching Amaryllis, 'Double Record' (Hippeastrum) is a gorgeous beauty with large, white, double flowers, up to 6.5 in. across (16 cm), delicately brushed with raspberry-red around the edges and adorned with a bright lime-green throat lined with a ring of red dots. Each long-lasting, frilly edged blossom is packed with 9-15 tepals and 2-4 petaloids.

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Amaryllis 'Elvas' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis, 'Elvas' (Hippeastrum) is a graceful beauty with its exquisite, pure white, double flowers, up to 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), packed with up to 15 tepals adorned with a delicate, red picotee.

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Amaryllis 'Emerald' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Emerald' is particularly graceful-looking with its thin, elegantly reflexed, spidery white petals adorned with soft green and myriads of vermilion red dots. The exquisite blossoms, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), do not fail to bring cheer during the dark winter months.

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Amaryllis 'Estella' (Hippeastrum)

Noted for its unique color, Amaryllis 'Estella' (Hippeastrum) is a cheerful beauty with trumpet-shaped, bright purple-pink flowers, up to 5 in. across (12 cm), adorned with a crisp white starburst and a chartreuse throat. A striking Amaryllis that will help take the gray chill out of the dead of winter!

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Amaryllis 'Evergreen' (Hippeastrum)

Award-winning Amaryllis 'Evergreen' is truly graceful and eye-catching with spider-like flowers adorned with an apple green throat and soft lime-green slender petals. The blossoms are graced by excessively long stamens. An easy to grow winter favorite which adds an exotic, tropical spin.

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Amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Exotic Star' is truly fascinating with its graceful, orchid-like flowers and remarkable coloring. Each breathtaking flower boasts chartreuse-green petals with a dark raspberry throat, all delicately striped with rich maroon as if hand-painted.

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Amaryllis 'Faro' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Faro' (Hippeastrum) is a cheerful variety with extra-large, flat-faced, salmon-pink flowers, up to 9 in. across (22 cm), adorned with white midribs and broad, rounded petals. The soft and delicate color of this Amaryllis makes it a popular choice.

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Amaryllis 'Ferrari' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Ferrari' (Hippeastrum) is a real knockout with its large, voluptuous, velvety, rich red flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), adorned with a lovely sheen. So festive and glamorous!

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Amaryllis 'Gervase' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Gervase' (Hippeastrum) is a striking beauty with its large, trumpet-shaped, white flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), wonderfully brushed with rich pink and bright red streaks. A striking Amaryllis which adds that finishing touch to your holiday festivities. 

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Amaryllis 'Giant Amadeus' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis, 'Giant Amadeus' (Hippeastrum) is ravishing with its extra large, slightly-ruffled, white flowers, up to 9 in. across (22 cm), delicately brushed with salmon-pink toward the tips and adorned with a pale green throat.

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Amaryllis 'Hercules' (Hippeastrum)

Stands out from the crowd! Amaryllis 'Hercules' (Hippeastrum) is quite flamboyant with its large, deep, rich carmine-pink flowers, up to 8 in. across (19 cm)!

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Amaryllis 'Jewel' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'Jewel' will take your breath away. How not to be mesmerized by this stunning beauty with large, semi-double, trumpet-shaped, cream flowers, up to 6.5 in. across (16 cm), exuding a delicate fragrance? Occasionally, the flowers are fully double or even single, but more often they emerge semi-double, adorned with 6 tepals and 6 petaloid stamens. The foliage of dark green leaves remains fresh looking for up to 10 months.

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Amaryllis 'La Paz' (Hippeastrum)

Amaryllis 'LaPaz' is truly graceful and eye-catching with spidery, frilly edged, cherry-red upper petals contrasting with its pale lime-green lower petals. Floriferous, with tall, stout scapes and long-lasting blooms, up to 5 in. across (12 cm), it makes wonderful cut flowers.

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Amaryllis 'Lagoon' (Hippeastrum)

Award-winning Amaryllis 'Lagoon' (Hippeastrum) is a real knockout with its extra-large, voluptuous, rich strawberry-pink flowers, up to 10-12 in. across (25-30 cm), adorned with slightly ruffled petals.

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Amaryllis 'Magic Green' (Hippeastrum)

Bringing instant glamour to your home, Amaryllis 'Magic Green' (Hippeastrum) is quite amazing with its large, pale green and ivory flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), adorned with beautiful crimson markings.

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Amaryllis 'Magnum' (Hippeastrum)

With extra-large flowers, Amaryllis 'Magnum' will surely draw the attention of all! More upward-facing than most, the velvety red flowers are far from being flashy or gaudy as a result of their distinctive touch of green along their tips.

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Amaryllis 'Matterhorn' (Hippeastrum)

Brightening up any home during winter, Amaryllis 'Matterhorn' is a stunning beauty with extra large, slightly ruffled, snow-white flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), adorned with a lime-green throat.

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Amaryllis 'Minerva' (Hippeastrum)

One of the most eye-catching Amaryllis, 'Minerva' (Hippeastrum) is an arresting beauty with large, wide open, flat-faced, red flowers, up to 7 in. across (18 cm), delicately adorned with a white star and a lime-green throat. This striking Amaryllis remains one of the most popular striped hybrids.

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Amaryllis 'Misty' (Hippeastrum)

Lightly fragrant, Amaryllis 'Misty' (Hippeastrum) is a cheerful beauty with trumpet-shaped, rose-pink flowers, adorned with white tips and a chartreuse throat. Elegantly rising up to 16-18 in. (40-45 cm), each bulb produces 2-4 stems and up to 3 flowers per stem.

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Amaryllis 'Mont Blanc' (Hippeastrum)

Brightening up any home during winter, Amaryllis 'Mont Blanc' is a flamboyant beauty with large, creamy-white flowers, up to 7 in. across (17 cm), adorned with a vivid green throat. Its high flower count (5-6 blooms per stem) and tall scapes make it a popular cut flower.

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Amaryllis 'Neon' (Hippeastrum)

Very floriferous, Amaryllis 'Neon' (Hippeastrum) produces trumpet-shaped, vibrant fuchsia-pink flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), adorned with white brush strokes and an apple-green throat.

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