<p>by Ray Allen<\/p>When winter arrives and the holidays loom, the big beautiful indoor lilies take the spotlight.\u00a0 Just add water, and you have a fantastic big lily inside while the snow flies outside.\u00a0 They're a gardener's winter delight, and always will be.\u00a0 However, <!--more-->these flowers are in a permanent state of botanical confusion due to their common name: Sorry, amaryllis is\u00a0not really their name.\u00a0 The name is Hippeastrum, and they're tropicals that are native to Latin America and the Caribbean.\u00a0 The real "Amaryllis" is the Belladonna lily, native to the channel islands between England and France.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThis is similar to what's happened to geraniums.\u00a0 We all know the big red windowbox flowers are really not geraniums at all (Botanically, those are pelargoniums). Real geraniums are the small hardy perennials that come in\u00a0magenta, blue and white.\r\n\r\n\u00a0Of course, that's not going to stop anybody from calling their plants what they like. The red windowbox flowers will probably always be called "Geraniums", and the big indoor winter-blooming lilies will probably always be "Amaryllis."\r\n\r\n\u00a0Whatever you call them, we have lots of <a href="\/flower-bulbs\/indoor-growing-kits">"Amaryllis" bulbs and growing kits right now.<\/a> So take a look, and send some to friends and family at sale savings. You can tell your gift recipients you're sending them a Hippeastrum.\u00a0 Ho. Ho. Ho.