Amaryllis belladonna Naked lady
Tough, drought-tolerant bulb
Odd, but very pretty, Amaryllis belladonna is one of the nice surprises of summer. Nearly forgotten all year, in the heat of August it shoots up slender, bronze stems to 2 feet with pink, trumpet-like flowers radiating from the tops. It gets its common name because of the absence of foliage during its time of bloom.
Naked Lady stops blooming in September, and its leaves surface with the onset of the rains and grow on until May. The leaves grow to about 1 foot, looking a bit like agapanthus, but lighter green.
Most Amaryllis belladonna are a pale pink. However, Burkards Nursery in Pasadena is the exclusive retailer of a back-yard grower and hybridizer, who has developed darker pinks (heading toward rose), whites and even light pink with dark-pink veins. Burkards gets a different selection of colors each week, in flower so you can see what you are getting. The first batch arrives in mid-August; they are sold bare-root for immediate planting.