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Plant with exposed bulb by Ori Fragman-Sapir,

Author: Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  40 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Belladonna Lily, Cape Belladonna, Naked-Lady Lily. Pale Flowered Amaryllis, March Lily
Synonyms:  Hippeastrum equestre, Herb. 1821.
Hippeastrum barbatum Herb.
Hippeastrum puniceum  Kuntze, 1891.
Amaryllis blanda, Ker Gawl.
Amaryllis longipetala, Lem.
Amaryllis obliqua, L.f. ex Savage
Amaryllis pallida, Redouté
Amaryllis pudica, Ker Gawl.
Amaryllis regalis, Salisb.
Amaryllis rosea, Lam.
Belladonna blanda, Sweet
Belladonna pallida, Sweet
Belladonna pudica, Sweet
Belladonna purpurascens, Sweet
Brunsvigia blanda, L.S.Hannibal
Brunsvigia major, Traub
Brunsvigia rosea, L.S.Hannibal
Callicore rosea, Link
Coburgia pallida, Herb.
Coburgia rosea, Gouws
Imhofia rosea, Salisb.
Leopoldia belladonna, M.Roem.
Zephyranthes pudica, D.Dietr.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was given this name by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is found in South Cape of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulbs can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the plant grow up to 40 centimetres and the inflorescence up to 60, bearing white to pink flowers.

Amaryllis is named after a beautiful Greek shepherdess in Vergils works. The species belladonna meaning beautiful lady.

Wild flowers by John Wood, Darwin Initiative Project.