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Amaryllis belladonna
Amaryllis belladonna

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Zones 4-29
Full Sun
Minimal Water

Amaryllis belladonna

Naked Lady
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

Native to South Africa. Performs best in areas with warm, dry summers. Bold, straplike leaves form clump about 1 ft. high, 2 ft. wide in fall and winter; foliage dies back by early summer. About six weeks later, 2–3-ft. stalks rise from bare earth (hence the common name), each topped by a cluster of 4–12 fragrant, trumpet-shaped, rosy pink flowers.

Grows in almost any well-drained soil. Gets all the moisture it needs from winter rains. Plant bulbs 1 ft. apart right after bloom period ends. Where winter temperatures stay above 15°F/9°C, keep tops of bulb necks at or slightly above soil level. In colder-winter areas, choose a protected southern exposure and set bulbs slightly below ground level.

Lift and divide clumps rarely; they may not bloom for several years if disturbed at the wrong time. Very long lived.

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