Fred Meyer Belladonna Lily
Amaryllis belladonna 'Fred Meyer'
Fred Meyer Belladonna Lily flowers
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Plant Height: 24 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 8 inches
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Jersey Lily, White Naked Lady, March Lily
A stunning amaryllis that is quite vigorous; extraordinary white trumpet flowers emerge before the leaves on tall stems, making a bold visual statement in the garden or containers; toxic to wildlife, so critters will leave them alone; a great cut flower
Fred Meyer Belladonna Lily features bold spikes of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers with buttery yellow throats rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. Its sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The light green stems can be quite attractive.
Fred Meyer Belladonna Lily is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Fred Meyer Belladonna Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Fred Meyer Belladonna Lily will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Fred Meyer Belladonna Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.