Amaryllis

While there is only one true Amaryllis, many bulbous plants in cultivation share the common name, Amaryllis, despite belonging to other genera. An example is the widely-grown, Christmas favourite, Hippeastrum, (left). Hippeastrum is a tender bulb that needs to be grown indoors.

Amaryllis belladonna (below) grows approximately 18 inches tall with lily-like, fragrant flowers. The funnel-shaped flowers appear on naked stems in autumn.

Cultivation:

A. belladonna is regarded as hardy throughout most of the UK, however, they grow best in full sun. The soil should be well drained and enriched with leafmould or well-rotted cow manure.

Plant dormant bulbs just below the soil surface, in moderately fertile, light, free-draining soil. You can add extra grit to improve drainage.

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