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March lily

Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis lily, Belladonna lily (Eng), Maartlelie (Afr.)

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A large bulb that produces clusters of scented trumpeted pink or white flowers. The flower rises about 50 cm from the ground and each stem can have multiple flowers (up to 12). Flowering in late summer. Their strap-like leaves are deciduous and emerge in winter. Naturally occurring in dense clusters, takes 3-6 years to flower from seed. Can tolerate quite arid conditions and requires very little attention. Bright light during the day, not adding nutrients to the soil and burning of dry leaves on top of bulb assist in flowering. Can tolerate watering in natural summer dormancy period. It is a decorative garden or pot plant. A lovely scented flower that can be used as a cut flower.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest flower-stalks for flower arrangements in the autumn. Harvest seeds after seeds have reached maximum size.

Propagation

Seed
Sow fresh mature seeds. Remove the fleshy seed coat. Sow in a deep seed tray with sandy soil to a depth of 1-2 cm, and space them 10-20 cm apart. Replant while dormant.
Division
Only divide large clumps and remove the offsets and replant the mother, as it tends to struggle and take a long time to come back to full health.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
It attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Drought resistant
Ideal plant for rockeries as it requires very little water.
Pot plant
Great pot plant once planted with other perennial species such as Asters, Alstroemerias, Salvias, Echinacea and many more.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Western Cape
Natural climate
Temperate with winter rain

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Cut flower
Decorative garden or pot plant. A lovely scented flower that can be used as a cut flower.

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Dark pink to creamy white., Pink
Scent
Mild

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