This month’s illustration is a spectacular winter bulb grown indoors for the holidays and winter. As beautiful as these blooms are, when reading up on them, I found the origin of its genus name (hippeastrum) even more interesting. The naming is not definitive, but it’s believed to be named hippeastrum (Greek for “horseman’s star”) because of its resemblance to the morning star, a medieval weapon used by horsemen. The morning star is a club with a long spike at the top surrounded by several smaller spikes. Yikes!
And on that note Happy Holiday folks! I’ll see you all in 2011.