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Amaryllis Genus

Belladonna lily

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Amaryllis genus (Belladonna lily). This is a genus of two South African species: Amaryllis belladonna and
Amaryllis paradisicola.

They both have strap-shaped green leaves and umbels of large funnel-shaped flowers in pink or white with three outer tepals and three inner petals.

This plant is often confused with what is usually sold in the shops as 'Amaryllis' around Christmas time in the UK, but is actually Hippeastrum.

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous, Bulbs, Herbaceous

Other common names

Jersey lily

Origin

South Africa

The name is of Greek origin. Amaryllis was the heroine in Virgil's epic poem 'The Eclogues'.

Interest and use

Cultivated for their funnel-shaped flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

Frost hardy, but in cool areas these plants should be grown against a south-facing wall for protection. Needs well drained soil and a sheltered, sunny situation. Plant bulbs at least 8cms under the soil.

Propagation

Propagate by division in late spring, as leaves die down, or in late summer, before growth recommences.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs

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