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How to Grow Amaryllis belladonna Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Belladonna Lily

How to Grow Belladonna Lily in your Garden

The Amaryllis belladonna plant is a native of South Africa, where it grows in rocky locations. It is also commonly called the Jersey Lily or Naked-Lady lily. It gets this name because its flowers are carried on a (sometimes two) naked stem(s) that has no leaves.

The stems are long and erect and usually bear two to twelve flowers.

The flowers are usually pink (but differently colored cultivars are available) and can reach about 4 inches (10 cm) in length.

Belladonna lily

Amaryllis belladonna photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking.


Quick Amaryllis belladonna Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Amaryllis belladonna
  • Common Name: Belladonna lily
  • Growing Zone (USA): 7 to 10
  • Life Cycle/Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 12 to 24
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 1 to 3
  • Time of Bloom: Late summer and early autumn
  • Color of Bloom: Pink
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture is likely gives best results)

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Plant Bulbs: Just below the surface of the soil. Have the neck at the same level of the surface.
  • Propagation: Seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame when ripe or in the spring. Alternatively remove offsets in autumn
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Bulbs damaged bylargenarcissus bulb fly.Lily borer. Aphids,mealybugsandglasshouse red spider mitemay be a problem when grown under glass.
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of: Arid conditions
  • Best used in: Border, Container, Foundation, Seashore
  • Miscellaneous : Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Some parts are poisonous, Suitable for cut flowers, Fragrant flowers
  • Genus Detail: Amaryllis
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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