White belladonna lily
The white belladonna lily, ‘Belladonna Hathor’ has fragrant flowers that appear on bare stems in autumn.
The flower stems will reach around 70 – 80cm and are followed by strappy foliage.
With up to 12 individual trumpet shaped flowers on each stem, these are a very hardy bulb for Australian conditions and seem to thrive on neglect.
The flowers are particularly attractive in the morning and evening light. Opening sequentially over a few weeks, the petals are a pristine white with just a touch of yellow in the throat.
Best planted in late spring although they can be planted in late summer. The White belladonna lily requires the same conditions as others. Sunny well drained and best left undisturbed.
- The bulbs need to planted with the necks of the just above the soil level.
- A well drained position is essential, these bulbs need a dry summer
- A general purpose bulb fertilizer after flowering as the foliage appears
- They can be grown in containers or pots
‘Belladonna Hathor’ will grow in part shade, however it will reach for the light, so full sun is best, with perhaps some protection from the hot afternoon sun to prolong flower life.
Over time these bulbs will spread to form a large clump. After 5 years they are generally ready to divide. The best time to divide them is when the foliage dies back at the end of winter.
If you do plant in summer you will need to water in with a liquid seaweed fertilizer. The only other fertilizer required is a general purpose type when the foliage appears. However these are not a hungry bulb so don’t fuss.
White Belladonna lilies are available for sale from the following nurseries and growers
442 Russells Road, Pine Mountain Ipswich QLD 4306 - phone: 07 54643976
Pine Mountain Nursery is a mail order plant nursery and also specialises in breeding elite agapanthus, clivia and other warm climate bulbs.
'Sylvan Vale' 375 Olinda Creek Rd, Kalorama, VIC.3766
Including a large range of Rare and unusual bulbs, corms and perennials