Naturally lovely, Belladonna Lilies or Amaryllis are super tough bulbs that are virtually fool proof. A top choice for gardens or pots and if you can bear to pick them they even do well in a vase.
In average conditions up to four flowers open on a stem, in ideal conditions and from a mature bulb, up to twelve can bloom! The blooms have a sweet honeysuckle fragrance. Once the flowers have finished the foliage emerges which is attractive and glossy.
They thrive in any well drained soil and can tough out the dry. Plant in a sunny spot. Belladonna Lilies need water the most late summer to autumn when they are flowering – this time is usually blessed with rain so you shouldn’t need to do much to compensate.
You don’t need to lift your bulbs each season, just leave them in the ground or pot to naturalise. Fertilise annually in spring with a well rotted animal manure or synthetic slow release fertiliser.
Also known as 'Naked Ladies', because their flowers emerge first, without the modesty of foliage.