This name derives from the Ancient Greek “amarýsso̱ / amărýsso̱ (ἀμαρύσσω / ἀμᾰρύσσω)”, meaning “sparkle, shine, beautiful”. In Roman literature, Amaryllis was a stock female character, a natural, pretty young woman who was usually a shepherdess. Amaryllis is mentioned in classical pastoral poetry and in later works, such as Thomas Campion’s “I Care Not for These Ladies” (1601) and John Milton’s “Lycidas” (1638). Amaryllis is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species. The better known of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of the Western Cape region of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest area between the river Olifants valley to Knysna.
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