Amaryllis Bel

Amaryllis Bel

AMARYLLIS BELLADONNA – Fragrant!- 5/$10 12/$20 30/$50 50/$90
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Amaryllis Belladonna (am-a-ril-lus bel-a-don-na) Nicknames: Belladonna Lily, Naked Lady, Brunsvigia Rosea, Jersey Lily, Barbados Lily, Guernsey Lily, Madeira Lily, Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE Colors: Light Pink, White Blooms in the Northwest: August/September, Needs to be root-bound to bloom, may take several years to establish Named after amaryllis, the Greek beauty and bella donna which means beautiful lady in Italian. Belladonna also means poisonous. Whenever you see belladonna in the botanical world it means that the plant is deadly but that can be good because it also means it is deer and rodent resistant. A customer once asked me if naked ladies were poisonous. I looked at him and smiled as his friend said to him, “Dude, you of all people should know that all naked ladies are poisonous.” According to the classical poets Theocritius, Ovid, and Virgil, Amaryllis was a virginal nymph, timid and shy but with a spine of steel. She fell head over heels in love with Alteo, an icy-hearted shepherd reputed to be as handsome as Apollo and as strong as Hercules, and determined that she would be true only to him, no matter what the consequences. Indifferent to her charms, Alteo claimed his only desire was that a new flower be brought to him, a flower that had never before existed in the world. Amaryllis consulted the Oracle at Delphi and was instructed to pierce her heart with a golden arrow at Alteo’s door. This she did, dressed in maidens white, for thirty consecutive nights, dripping blood all the while. The shepherd finally opened his door to discover a flower which had sprung from the blood of her heart. The flower was named Amaryllis. Here we have the history of the introduction of Amaryllis Belladonna to Greece from South Africa. It caused quite a commotion then and still does today in Northwest Gardens for anyone fortunate enough to find them for sale. It was all types of trade (spice, gold, diamonds, and sugar which in turn brought slaves from Africa to other parts of the world to work in the sugar and tobacco fields) that is very important to the distribution of the Amaryllis Belladonna as well as all South African Plants. Belladonnas were widely cultivated by the Romans and Greeks and later by the seafaring and trading powers Portugal, Spain and Italy. The bulbs are still found in gardens of nobles in major cities, trading ports,church gardens, and around plantation houses of wealthy merchants. Amaryllis Belladonna are also known as naked ladies because the greenery comes up first in early summer then dies back. Then in late summer a naked spike that resembles a cobra emerges out of the ground and then pops open produces many blooms that are a soft pink color. They smell like Bazooka bubble gum and last for a long time in the garden and as a cut flower. It took two years for my naked ladies to set blooms . They need to be root-bound so plant them close together to get them crowded sooner. I was so excited to see them coming out of the ground for the first time but devastated when my neighbor Larry came over and said to me, “Some kid must have put a bunch of sticks in the garden so I weed wacked them down” Thanks, Larry. He’s the same guy that was tired of his hydrangea so he tied a rope around it and tied it to his bumper and drove it over to my house to see if I wanted it. I planted it and it did wonderfully. My naked ladies bloomed beautifully the third year and doubled by the fourth year again so I had so many that I dug them up and sold them. They take a few years to get going but then go crazy. They like to dry out in the summer so water them but let them dry out in between watering and do not fertilize them. In nature they bloom when they are dried out and lack nutrition. Plant year-round in groups of three or more in a triangle three inches apart with the tip side up three inches deep in a sunny spot. There are two kinds of Amaryllis. The Amaryllis Belladonna is from South Africa and is hardy in the Northwest. They can not be forced inside to bloom. The amaryllis bulbs sold in autumn to bloom indoors are hippeastrum bulbs from South America and are not hardy outside. “Naked Lady, Belladonna Lily, Resurrection Lily
Pronounced: am-a-ril-us bell-a-don-na
Family: AMARYLLIS (HIPPEASTRUM)
Native: South Africa
Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
Blooms: August -September
Planting: All zones. Plant in groups of 4 or more in the fall 4 in. deep and 3 in apart. The closer you plant them, the sooner they bloom.
They are called naked ladies because the foliage appears in June and dies back and then a stalk appears with no leaves and produces a great cluster of pink, fragrant, trumpet-like flowers at the end of August that lasts through September. They take a few years to really get going and they prefer to be on the dry side in the summer. Cover with leaves to protect against frost. Dig up in areas where winters are 10°F or colder.