Amaryllids of Southern Africa

Amaryllis belladonna cultivation tips and Images.



Amaryllis belladonna is endemic to South Africa. They can be found in small or large groups  and are mainly from the South-Western Cape extending from the Western to the Southern Cape. This genus is often confused with the genus Hippeastrum in America as it is often referred to as Amaryllis also. 

It is an easily cultivated bulb, growing well in area with a pronounced summer/winter growing season. Plant the bulbs in a raised garden bed or large pot. Use a sandy clay and potting mix 50/50 blend. Keep the drainage open and free. These bulbs like plenty of root  run and space. Providing lots of room for your Amaryllis belladonna will yield many beautiful flowers in the Autumn. Feeding is during the growing season with a composted cow manure, either liquid or solid. Some folks use a fertilizer from the Garden Supplies. These are fine to use. Just be sure you use one low in Nitrogen. Too much of this and you will have heaps of leaves and offsets but no flowers. It has been proved time and time again that bulbs don't need a lot of feeding. Bulbs are one of Nature adaptations  to poor soils, so don't be too heavy handed. It is always better to hold back food than give it too freely. 

If you would like to contact me regarding Amaryllis belladonna and it's many hybrids,  I will be happy to answer any questions or help you to obtain more for you collection.

Best wishes,


Amaryllis belladonna 'Rosea' 1957, Hazelwood, Sydney, NSW, growing here at Mainly Amaryllids Garden


  A disk of images and cultivation information called 'Wild Bulbs of the Eastern Cape'  is available from Cameron McMaster. This disk is a highly informative and extremely pictorial collection, captured by Cameron whilst collecting seeds out in the field. Cameron McMaster is one of South Africa's most noted naturalists, whose enthusiasm shines through on this information available. His love of the plants and the surrounding environment resounds through this disk. I consider myself very lucky to have a friendship with such a dedicated and personable gentleman.



  Order Wild Bulbs of the Eastern Cape disk