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August Lily, Belladonna Lily, Naked Lady
Bringing an exotic, naked-stemmed floral display to the doldrums of summer, belladonna lily's pink blossoms bring an air of spring. Not to be confused with the common florists' amaryllis, Hippeastrum, belladonna lily is a deciduous, perennial bulb native to South Africa. Clusters of large, showy, fragrant pink flowers bloom on tall sturdy stems in summer when the strap-like basal foliage is absent. The leaves appear in late fall or winter and persist into mid-spring. Forms and hybrids of belladonna lily with white or rose-red flowers are also sometimes available.
Plant bulbs with their tips at ground level in average, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Plant slightly deeper and mulch where marginally hardy, as in USDA zone 6, to overwinter successfully. Naturalize belladonna lily in the garden or grow it in large containers. It is particularly stunning popping out of turfgrass or low evergreen or annual groundcovers. The long stems allow it to be an elegant cutflower for a tall vase.
12 - 5
6 - 10
H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Summer, Late Summer
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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