Hippeastrum (?) x Johnsoni
A Selection of Hexandrian Plants (1831)
Flower-stem about sixteen inches high, much striated with dark purple, and very glaucous—leaves dark, luxuriant, and a good deal variegated, especially towards the points—corola of a dark blood-red colour, with a fringed nectary in the throat—spathe brown—number of flowers varying from four to eight.
This Lily is sufficiently worthy of distinction from its splendid appearance, but still more so, as being the first hybrid Amaryllis on record, and having caused many learned disputes on the subject, or the investigation of which, whose who are interested are referred to a Paper by J. R. Gowen, Esq. published in the Horticultural Transactions, vol. 4. p. 498; to the several Essays by the Honourable W. Herbert; and a Paper by Mr. Dudley, Horticultural Transactions, vol. 5. p. 337. Hybrid plants of every possible degree and variety of mixture are now become so general and numerous, that it seems equally vain and useless to attempt to trace their parentage in every instance; and many seedlings from Amaryllis Reginæ and others have gained the appellation "Johnsonian." The prototype is said to have been first raised about the year 1799, from the seed of Vittata impregnated with Formosissima, by Mr. Johnson, a maker of gold hands for watches, in the city of Prescot, and the present specimen is from one of the original bulbs, presented by Mr. Johnson to the late Edward Falkner, Esq. of Fairfield, Liverpool. The striped markings of the stem and leaves, are a pretty constant characteristic of the true Johnsoni.