These naked ladies are not shy.

While so many flowers are finishing their bloom and leaving their drying foliage behind, naked lady, Amaryllis belladonna, is just beginning to bloom, naked of any foliage. Clusters of a few to several bright pink flowers stand on bare stems about two feet tall. Individual flowers are about two and a half to three and a half inches long, and resemble lily flowers. Foliage only appears after flowers deteriorate, and lasts only until weather gets warm late in spring. The strap shaped leaves are about a foot to a foot and a half long. Through summer, the two or three inch wide bulbs are dormant and bare, and seem to be dead with their tops visible at the soil surface, but retain fleshy roots below. They should therefore only be dug and divided if they get too crowded or need to be moved.

2 thoughts on “Naked lady

    1. They are politely naturalized here. They live on the edges of roadside ditches. When I deadhead those that are close to landscaped areas, including some that are within a landscape, I toss the seeded tops out on the roadsides. A large colony blooms outside the gate here, but while they were in full bloom this year, they were very thoroughly harvested. I mean, there was not a single bloom remaining!

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