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True Amaryllis

Amaryllis spp.

Also known as

Belladonna lily, Jersey lily

Amaryllis belladonna sfbg 2 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of True Amaryllis

A close up of some pink Amaryllis flowers on a plant
A close up of some pink Amaryllis flowers
A close up of some pink Amaryllis flowers
Some pink Amaryllis flowers
A close up of some pink and white Amaryllis flowers in the wild

True Amaryllis Overview

Amaryllis is a small genus of South African flowering perennial bulbs, containing just 2 species. They are grown for their large ornate white, pink or purple funnel-shaped flowers. A bulb produces 1-2 leafless stems averaging 30-60cm high, each bearing a cluster of 2-12 flowers 6-10cm wide. Their flowers and growth pattern resemble those of lilies but they are only distantly related to true lilies. There is confusion over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name Amaryllis is mainly used for cultivars of the genus Hippeastrum, these are often grown indoors. By contrast, the genus Amaryllis refers to bulbous species from South Africa, which are usually grown outdoors.

Common problems with True Amaryllis

How to propagate True Amaryllis



Special features of True Amaryllis

Attractive flowers

Other uses of True Amaryllis

Cultivated for their funnel-shaped flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Poisonous to Pets

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