The tag said the height would be 12 to 20 inches, but it topped out at six inches, at most. The pot was taller than the plant.

short amaryllis in a tall copper pot

And while the flowers’ petals didn’t quite unfold into perfect¬†six-pointed stars,¬†the blossoms were bright and cheerful in the middle of winter.

close-up of a flowering amaryllis minerva