Amaryllis is a genus of just two species from South Africa - A. belladonna and the phenomenally rare A. paradisicola, limited to Namaquland. The name Amaryllis has been much confused with Hippeastrum and countless years of arguement has species as much time. In short, the two African plants are Amaryllis and all of the S. American species are Hippeastrum. Garden hybrids of A. belladonna with Brunsvigia, Crinum and Nerine are all known.
For belladonna, choose a sunny, well-drained location. Dig a 30cm deep hole and enrich the soil with organic matter then replace 20cm of soil, plant 10-15cm apart, cover and leave. They perform best in dryish soils and resent disturbance - fuss them and they will not flower. Although dense clumps can be de-congested when essential. A. paradiscicola needs different conditions and is NOT a garden plant in any way.
Amaryllis belladonna has not been considered fully hardy throughout the UK, but they grow and flower outside, unprotected, here in Wrexham.
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