Why grow it: For an exotic, tropical spin on an easy-to-grow winter favorite. Thin, spidery petals and slashes of bright color make up this decidedly un-amaryllis-looking amaryllis.
Vital statistics: Grow indoors in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 8, or outdoors in Zones 9 to 11. Cybisters grow no more than 20 inches tall. Once planted, it blooms in 8 to 12 weeks. Varieties include 'La Paz', which blooms in shades of coral; 'Ruby Meyer', scarlet with yellow veining; and 'Emerald', a green heart with red and white stripes. Its leaves are evergreen.
What it needs: Grow cybister the same way you'd grow an ordinary amaryllis: Plant the bulb so that its "shoulders" are clear of the potting mix, and the "nose" of the bulb is above the rim of the pot. Put it in a bright place, and don't overwater. Turn the pot to keep the stalk from leaning into the light. Once it blooms, keep it well watered and out of direct sun.