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Commonly known as Belladonna lily
Genus of one species, the Belladonna lily is an autumn-flowering bulbous perennial from coastal hills and streambanks in S. Western Cape in South Africa, though it is reported to have naturalised in many countries.
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Height - 60cm (24in)
Spread - 10cm (4in)
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial - bulbous perennial. Umbels of 6 or more flowers 6-10cm (2-4in) long on stout stems. Strap-shaped, fleshy leaves 22-40cm (9-16in) long are produced after flowering
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Against a wall
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - slugs, narcissus bulb fly. Under glass, aphids, red spider mites
Place of origin - South Africa. Introduced into UK by Francis Mason (Kew) c. 1774
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
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