Belladonna Lily

Amaryllis have large, trumpet shaped flowers on thick stems which are borne from midwinter through spring, and sometimes into early summer. The flowers are available in a range of different shades of red, pink, salmon, orange, white, and multi coloured.  Bulbs can be obtained in different sizes, but generally thicker bulbs will produce more stems and flowers. 


May be grown as pot plants, conservatory plants or indoor plants in temperate climates. Can be used as a border plant in warmer climates. 


Immediately before planting, the base and roots of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for several hours. The bulbs can then be planted directly into fertile soil in a protected position outdoors, or planted into pots for indoor flowering.  The bulb should be positioned so that the upper half of the bulb (including the neck) will be above the soil.  Place indoor pots in a well lit and warm position (average room temperature of 20C).

Water sparingly until the stem shows, then gradually give more water as the buds and leaves develop.  After flowering has finished, cut back the old flowers and allow the leaves to fully die down before storing in a cool dark place through autumn.  



This can be done by dividing mature plants in summer after leaves have begun to fade. Alternatively, plant seeds in spring but be warned - the seedlings may take up to eight years to produce flowers. 


The most widely grown species is A. belladonna (syn. Hippeastrum equestre) - to 75cm tall. Three to four pale pink trumpet-shaped flowers to 12.5cm long on stems in autumn. Strap-shaped green leaves appear after flowers from spring to midsummer.

Plant Health

There are few pests or diseases of note. 

More info

These plants come from Western Cape region of South Africa. There are only two species.

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