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Q.Why does my late father’s amaryllis have thorns on the leaves?

Zone PE21 9LE | Anonymous added on December 18, 2019 | Answered

My late father passed away December 2007 he’s been growing amaryllis since 1977 from seeds he pollinated with a daffodil; I helped him grow them from the age of 12. I took over looking after them after he had passed away. They grow large blooms first then they start to die off, and the leaves grow their – huge – take up most of the window, then the leaves grow thorns. Have you ever heard of amaryllis with thorns?

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Answered on December 19, 2019

Can you include pictures? This is very strange, indeed. Amaryllis do not hybridize with Daffodil, so this would be an interesting find, should they have actually managed to cross, although it would have no future generation since they couldn't provide viable offspring.

They don't have thorns, nor do any of their varieties. My best guess is that a seed of some other kind of plant has made its way into the area, but I couldn't say for sure without seeing the plant in question.

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