Also known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, resurrection lily, magic lily, surprise lily, or the March lily, the naked lady lily Amaryllis belladonna is an amazing flower. While naked ladies are considered hardy from USDA zones 7 to 10, a lot of people say they have successfully grown them as far north as Chicago and southern Iowa, as well as in zone 4 in Colorado. Some but not all of those making these assertions have said the naked ladies have grown from compost piles.
Q: My Naked Lady bulbs have become terribly over-crowded. When is the best time to divide and transplant them? A: Naked Ladies, Amaryllis belladonnaare popular summer-flowering bulbs with an unusual growth calendar. In the winter, when the weather is cooler and water is more plentiful, they grow their long strap-like leaves.
While it shares a name, this is not the same plant as the familiar holiday amaryllis, which is really a Hippeastrum. This true amaryllis is a South African native that produces a substantial flower stem before sending up leaves, hence the common name, "naked ladies". Each flowering stalk produces 6 to 12 trumpet shaped blooms 3 to 4 inches long, an eye catching sight anywhere.
Naked lady Amaryllis belladonna bulbs produce lilylike pink or red flowers in summer on top of to inch bare stems. The flowers overwinter in U. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, and with mulch can survive in USDA zones 6 through 8 as well.
Plant Care Today. Good results with most kinds of garden flowers indicate gardening skill, but there are a few — like the Belladonna lily genus Amaryllis — where good results may be largely a matter of luck. The bella donna plant ranks high on the list of capricious, temperamental kinds.
It is a small genus of flowering bulbswith two species. The better known of the two, Amaryllis belladonnais a native of the Western Cape region of South Africaparticularly the rocky southwest area between the Olifants River Valley and Knysna. Plants of the genus Amaryllis are known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, naked lady, amarillo, Easter lily in Southern Australia or, in South Africa, March lily due to its propensity to flower around March. This is one of numerous genera with the common name "lily" due to their flower shape and growth habit.
Naked ladies Amaryllis belladonna have an unusual manner of providing summer flowers. After the winter-growing leaves have died down for summer dormancy, in late summer, a bloom stalk of fragrant pink flowers emerges and blooms without leaves, or naked. The best time to plant naked lady is while the bulb is dormant.