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Products > Amaryllis belladonna hybrids
Amaryllis belladonna hybrids - Hybrid Naked Lady
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Mixed
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [x Amargyia parkeri?]
Parentage: 9Amaryllis belladonna by Brunsvigia josephinae)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Amaryllis belladonna hybrids (Hybrid Naked Lady) - A hardy bulb in mild winter regions with long, dull-green leaves that emerge in fall and die back in late spring, forming foliage clumps 3 feet across. Tall flower stalks appear in late summer with clusters of trumpet-shaped, fragrant flowers, while the foliage is dormant. Will grow in nearly any soil type, along as it drains well. Plant in full sun. Low water needs. Plants hardy to 15-20 degrees F. These plants are seedlings of our white and dark flowered forms of Amaryllis belladonna hybrids, which are presumably back crosses of the Amaryllis belladonna with a Brunsvigia josephinae cross that is often called x Amarygias or x Amargyia parkeri. The flower color varies from white to pale pink and dark reddish-pink with some picotees. Amaryllis belladonna comes from the Cape Province in South Africa. The genus name Amaryllis comes from the Greek word 'amarysso' which means "to sparkle". In Greek mythology, Amaryllis was a shepherdess and singer and it is thought that she was the inspiration for the name of the plant with its beautiful pink flowers. The specific epithet belladonna is derived from the Italian bella donna, which means beautiful lady. Typically called Naked Lady in the U.S. because the flowering occurs when the foliage is not present but other common names include Jersey Lily, Belladonna-lily and March lily in the southern hemisphere. The British tend to call it Jersey Lily because of a famous painting title "A Jersey Lily" that show the English actress, Lily Langtry (1853-1929) holding the flower. The title was in reference to Langtry being from the island of Jersey but many took it as the name of the flower and so it became widely known as the "Jersey Lily". It is thought that the Portuguese probably brought the amaryllis bulb from South Africa to Europe as early as the 16th century. . There is considerable confusion as to whether the plant that has been in cultivation in California is actually the true Amaryllis belladonna or if early hybrids from the 19th century between Amaryllis belladonna and Brunsvigia josephinae, the bi-generic hybrid called x Amargyia parkeri that was more vigorous and had more flowers that we held in a rounded head, replaced the species as the dominant plant. Certainly these plants we grew as Amaryllis belladonna hybrids were the result of later such hybridization, but some claim that all of the Naked Ladies currently grown share this hybrid parentage. While this argument continues and remains unresolved we will continue to list the common garden plants as Amaryllis belladonna and this plant as a hybrid of it. 

This information about Amaryllis belladonna hybrids displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.