Amaryllis belladonna, Naked Lady flowers, Tasmania, Australia.
Amaryllis belladonna flowers (native to South Africa) bloom on Tasmania, Australia. The plant is commonly called a Naked Lady because blooms appear after the leaves have died down. The flower is usually white with crimson veins, but pink or purple also occur naturally. Each bulb grows one or two leafless stems 30–60 cm tall bearing a cluster of 2 to 12 funnel-shaped flowers. Each flower is 6–10 cm diameter with six tepals (three outer sepals and three inner petals with similar appearance). Amaryllis belladonna has several strap-shaped, green leaves, 30–50 cm long and 2–3 cm broad, arranged in two rows. The leaves grow in autumn or early spring in warm climates depending on the onset of rain, and die down by late spring. The bulb remains dormant until late summer flowering. The plant is neither frost-tolerant nor tropical-tolerant, since it requires a dry resting period between leaf growth and flower spike production.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download