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Belladonna Lily or Naked Ladies

This gorgeous flower has many identities: Belladonna Lily, Naked Ladies, or Belladonna Amaryllis. This plant produces green, leafy growth that emerges in spring and dies back by mid summer. In late summer, leafless stems produce elegant, pink flowers. (Amaryllis belladonna)

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Height: 24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing: 1-3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 25LILY1
Common Name Belladonna Lily or Naked Ladies
Botanical Name Amaryllis belladonna
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height 24-36" tall
Bulb Size 24/26 cm
Bulb Spacing 1-3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 4" deep
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Containers, Borders, Rock Gardens, Showy Flowers
Additional Information Hardy in zone 7-11
Ships to Canada No
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Description

This unique lily is a favorite of many gardeners. Its bulb and sap are somewhat poisonous, so don't taste them. It's hardy only from Zone 8 south, so has to be lifted and saved like a dahlia in colder climates. But believe me, it's worth the trouble.

In spring, amaryllis-like leaves appear and die down. Then in mid to late summer, several thin but strong stems arise, each with a cluster of buds. In no time, you have a big bouquet of 4' pink lilies in full bloom. They're 'Naked Ladies' since they bloom on leafless stalks. But that brings us to their unique usefulness.

You know how your garden looks in mid and late summer. Most of the big glamor is gone, and everything is looking tired and hot. Well, beautiful Belladonnas love just that situation--hot dry weather--and they bloom to liven the late season show. Their leafless stems, and the fact that they're perfectly happy in partial shade, make them great for planting among hostas, daylilies, violets, hardy geraniums or anything else that has nice foliage all summer long. They'll just bloom up through the ground-covering foliage, and everyone will think you're a master gardener.

About the Belladonna Lily and its names. This plant is an interesting one. First of all, it’s real name is Amaryllis belladonna, and it’s the only species in the amaryllis genus. This means the Belladonna is the 'true' Amaryllis. All those big indoor-blooming things at holiday time are called 'Amaryllis' as a common name, but their botanical name is Hippeastrum.

And there's more. The Belladonna is a wildflower in South Africa, but it's also associated with the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel Islands. The Belladonna Lily is often called The Jersey Lily because of a famous painting of the very famous and beautiful English actress, Lily Langtry, holding the flower. The artist titled the painting 'A Jersey Lily' referring to Miss Langtry who was from the island. She and this painting became so famous, the name for the flower just 'stuck.' So in England, the Belladonna is often known as the 'Jersey Lily'.

And if you enjoy botanical confusion, there's even more. This plant is called 'Naked Ladies' for an obvious reason--the summer flowers are leafless on 'naked' stems. Well, several other plants have the same blooming habit, (Example: Lycoris) and have been given the same nickname, 'Naked Ladies' or 'Naked Lady.' Isn't gardening fun?

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4.0

In Nebraska winter hardy, blooms in Aug.

By Jerry the flower man

from south central Nebraska

About Me Master Gardener

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy

Cons

  • Needs water end of July

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Belladonna Lily Bulbs or 'Naked Ladies' - Single Bulb:

I plant in a flower plot. Be sure it gets water in late July in order to bloom in August. A real pleasure and surprise to see in Aug. a hot month.

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  • Personal

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plant and forget!

By Glovie

from San Francisco CA

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Lawn
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about American Meadows Belladonna Lily Bulbs or 'Naked Ladies' - Single Bulb:

    These easily planted bulbs provide effortless spring-pink color at a time of year when many other flowers have faded. The attractive strappy leaves provide interest in the cool season, and serve as a reminder of where you planted them. A very neat plant, it serves as a nice lawn border in front of shrubs facing a swimming pool, but I've seen them equally lovely as clumps in wooded areas. They comes back year after year and multiply without fertilizer or any special care. Best of all, Naked Lady is drought tolerant and needs no summer water.

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    Shipping

    Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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    As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

    Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

    Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
    • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

      All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    • Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

      Oriental Lily Bulbs Stargazer

    • Garden Gloves

      Garden Gloves

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