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Amaryllis belladonna

Belladonna lily

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Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour






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photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (32572)

Plant details

This is the true amaryllis, although the name is also commonly given to hippeastrum bulbs. A patch in full flower on a sunny autumn day is an inspiration, especially when planted next to grey-leafed plants or blue-flowered shrubs such as caryopteris. Once established - they make take a season or two to settle down after planting - the bulbs should not be disturbed because they need time to give their best. They enjoy a hot summer rest from late July until flowering time, so grow them against a warm wall. In cold gardens, planting the bulbs in large pots or tubs is an attractive alternative.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Amaryllis

Species: belladonna

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 75cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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