January weddings are gaining popularity with brides and grooms who want to add excitement to a typically quiet time of year. Missouri gardens are taking a long winter’s nap, but that doesn’t mean your January bridal flowers can’t be extraordinary. In fact, one of the most spectacular blooms on earth is in its prime in January.

The bold, beautiful amaryllis is native to South America. This tropical bulb is harvested in the summer, then coaxed to gorgeous life in a greenhouse during the winter. When these stunning blooms burst to life, they’ll add color and drama to any winter’s day.

Amaryllis come in a range of colors, from flawless white to deep red to variegated mixes. Because the trumpet-shaped blooms are so large, they can stand completely on their own as a single stem or small bundle, or they can serve as the standout flower in a bouquet or table arrangement with other blooms.

Best of all, amaryllis are sturdy and long-lasting. They won’t wilt halfway through your special day, and in fact cut stems can last up to two weeks in a vase.

Perhaps the only drawback of this tropical beauty is its price, which can range from $7 to $15 a stem, but amaryllis’ ability to command attention, a few stems will go a long way toward making your January wedding flowers a dazzling representation of your unforgettable love story.