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Plant Care Today. Good results with most kinds of garden flowers indicate gardening skill, but there are a few — like the Belladonna lily genus Amaryllis — where good results may be largely a matter of luck. The bella donna plant ranks high on the list of capricious, temperamental kinds.
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Also known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, resurrection lily, magic lily, surprise lily, or the March lily, the naked lady lily Amaryllis belladonna is an amazing flower. While naked ladies are considered hardy from USDA zones 7 to 10, a lot of people say they have successfully grown them as far north as Chicago and southern Iowa, as well as in zone 4 in Colorado. Some but not all of those making these assertions have said the naked ladies have grown from compost piles. This makes sense as it would be much warmer than other areas of the garden or yard.
Naked lady Amaryllis belladonna bulbs produce lilylike pink or red flowers in summer on top of to inch bare stems. The flowers overwinter in U. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, and with mulch can survive in USDA zones 6 through 8 as well.
I bought a house in southern MN 17 years ago. The first year I discovered the Surprise lilies in the flower bed, and some came up in the vegetable garden, even after we had tilled it! I can't seem to stop them from flowering and multiplying. Once I dug some up to thin them out and threw the bulbs on the compost heap.