• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Amaryllis belladonna

belladonna lily

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
belladonna lily

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  • Other common names belladonna lily
    Jersey lily

  • Synonyms Amaryllis rosea
    Brunsvigia rosea

    Brunsvigia rosea 'Minor'
    Coburgia belladonna

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  • Family Amaryllidaceae

  • Genus Amaryllis is a bulbous perennial with showy, funnel-shaped flowers on naked stems in autumn

  • Details A. belladonna is a bulbous perennial with erect stems, each bearing an umbel of funnel-shaped, fragrant pink flowers to 10cm in length, which open in autumn before the narrowly strap-shaped leaves appear

  • Plant range S Africa (W Cape)

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Plant bulbs only just below the soil surface, when dormant, in moderately fertile, light, free-draining soil; extra grit can be added to improve drainage. Will do best when baked in full sun and with shelter from harsh frosts

Propagation Propagate by seed, sowing them in containers in a cold frame when ripe or in the spring. Alternatively remove offsets in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Bulbs damaged by large narcissus bulb fly. Aphids, mealybugs and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem when grown under glass

Diseases Generally disease free

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