Height: 60-75cm (2-2 1/2ft)
Planting distance: 30cm (1ft)
Soil: well-drained, sandy loam
Site: sun, shelter
Only one species of true amaryllis,belladonna, grows outdoors; the showy, winter-flowering hippeastrum hybrids, often sold as amaryllis, are tender house plants.
The strapshapedof A. belladonna die down in mid summer; in autumn, it produces a magnificent of fragrant, satiny pink, trumpet-shaped flowers on long, purple, leafless .
include ‘Hathor’ (white flowers with an ivory-yellow throat) and ‘Parkeri’ (pink with a yellow throat).
The ideal situation for A. belladonna is the foot of a sheltered, south-facing wall, where it can get maximum summer sunshine and protection for the youngwhen they appear in late winter and early spring.
Plant the bulbs in early or mid summer, setting them 15-20cm (6-8in) deep in well-drained soil. In frost-free areas, plant shallowly. Remove faded flowers and the stems and leaves when they die down.
Propagation: Lift the mature plants when the leaves begin to turn yellow in summer, detach offsets from well-ripened bulbs and replant immediately.
Pests and diseases:fly maggots may tunnel in the bulbs.