Other names: Naked Lady. (The flowers open before the leaves appear.)
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family). Formerly included in the Lily family.Native of South Africa.
Occurrence: Widely scattered weed.
Belladonna Lily can spread from dumped garden refuse. It flowers in autumn. It is a common garden plant.
Similar species: Darling Lily (Crinum) has well developed leaves at flowering time. It is a native of NW Victoria.
Name: Amaryllis: from the name of a shepherdess in Greek and Roman poetry; belladona: beautiful lady (parts of the plant were used to brighten eyes).
Photos: Belladonna Lilies
1, 2: Castlemaine. The large funnel-shaped flowers, and the absence of leaves during flowering are characteristic.
Lower: Clump at Princetown.